Farewell and thank you
After just over five years as officer-in-charge of Broome Police Station, it’s time for me to move on.
Police officers are subject to tenure in the metropolitan and regional areas and we must serve at least two years at a location with a four-year maximum.
Fortunately, as it was when I arrived as the OIC, I was in a previous maximum tenure length of five years.
I have served a total of nine-and-half years in Broome, first coming here as a very junior constable between 1989 and 1994 and then back in 2013 as the OIC.
I can honestly say being the OIC here has been very challenging, but also very rewarding.
My first night as OIC saw the abduction and murder of a baby as a result of a domestic situation.
A month later I identified officer misconduct in the police lock-up which lead to a Corruption and Crime Commission investigation.
Four weeks later and due to another domestic situation, two houses and one business were burnt to the ground.
To say I was wondering what I had got myself into is an understatement. But here we are five years later.
My wife (also a police officer in Broome) and I have a strong connection to the town with our three children all being Broome babies.
Our eldest works at Broome Hospital as a nurse, the place she was born.
It is going to be a sad day when we drive out of here and go south to our new posting at Geraldton (leaving our baby behind), however on the flip side, we are closer to our twins in Perth, who have been without a mum and dad for five years.
I want to thank my staff for their tireless efforts in policing in a very demanding and difficult environment.
The job takes its toll on all police officers in some way or another wherever we work and policing in Broome is no exception.
While people identify it as the ideal location to be posted, it is not, as the previous Superintendent Mick Sutherland once said in The West Australian and Broome Advertiser: “Broome is not all about coconuts and pina coladas.”
To my bosses, thank you also for your ongoing support.
I thank the Broome community for their support to Broome Police, and to the many close lifetime friends we have made, I also thank you; it is sad for us to leave, but we will return.