Medal for top cop
SUPER REWARDED FOR REFORM WORK
■ ■ SouthernGazette trict. ■ His uncle is a former recipient of the Australian Police Medal, having been awarded the honour in 1989. BENTLEY-based South East Metropolitan District Superintendent Brad Royce has won a national award for services to policing, including steering WA Police through its biggest-ever structural reform.
One of every thousand sworn officers per state receives an Australian Police Medal each Australia Day, meaning Supt Royce, who oversees the local district, was one of five WA recipients.
Supt Royce managed the south-east district trial of Frontline 2020, which began in late 2013.
The reform, made necessary by everincreasing public demand for on-theground officers in the face of limited resources, rearranged police deployments, roles and incident response procedures in an effort to do more with less.
When the six-month trial was hailed a success, Supt Royce was responsible for its rollout across 408 Perth suburbs.
He said he was proud of how it had stood the test of the busy Christmas and New Year period.
“We're one of the few areas of the Government still growing and Frontline definitely gives a better understanding of how to deploy our people to best effect,” he said.
“To me, it's an opportunity to return our focus to the reason you join the force in the first place.
“People join because they have an overwhelming sense of what is right and they want to make a difference; this allows us back to the coalface to deliver what the community has every right to expect.”
Supt Royce said he intended to stay in the district for some time.
“I love this district; I grew up here and my family all live here,” he said.
“For the next 12 months, I will be locking in this reform and seeing it make a difference.”
South East Metropolitan District Superintendent Brad Royce.