Medal for top cop


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Emma Young

■ ■ 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.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis

South East Metropoli­tan Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Brad Royce.

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