Pro­mo­tion a move from beloved re­gion

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

The re­gion’s top cop is set to leave his beloved Kim­ber­ley early next year af­ter mov­ing up the ranks to a Perth-based po­si­tion.

Kim­ber­ley Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Al­lan Adams was pro­moted to Re­gional WA Com­man­der re­cently af­ter three years in the role.

Supt Adams broke down po­lice bar­ri­ers and cre­ated a cul­ture of strong com­mu­nity in­volve­ment in a num­ber of so­cial is­sues across the area, a de­ci­sion he re­gards as his big­gest achieve­ment dur­ing his time.

“I’ve been re­flect­ing on my high­lights since the new po­si­tion came up and some­thing that al­ways comes to mind is that stronger con­nec­tion at com­mu­nity level among all po­lice,” he said.

“We have be­come more in­volved, more vo­cal and taken lead­er­ship roles on is­sues such as youth sui­cide and been on the fore­front of plac­ing an em­pha­sis on so­cial and emo­tional well­be­ing of com­mu­ni­ties wrapped with that kind of trauma.

“An­other achieve­ment is our in­creased role around do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. Dur­ing my time here the re­port­ing of fam­ily vi­o­lence in­creased by 40 per cent, which is a good thing be­cause it gave us the op­por­tu­nity to reach out and sup­port the per­pe­tra­tor and vic­tim.”

Supt Adams said his pro­mo­tion was bit­ter-sweet as he would be leav­ing a re­gion he was deeply in­volved in.

“I will miss the peo­ple here the most as I made some re­ally good friends and pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ships,” he said.

“I came up here know­ing the beau­ti­ful Kim­ber­ley would be the good part of the job but al­ways knew the rea­son I was here was to make a dif­fer­ence in mak­ing it more safe and se­cure.

“Try­ing to fix these wicked prob­lems with good peo­ple by hav­ing this lo­cal con­nec­tion is some­thing I will re­ally miss.”

But com­mu­ni­ties across the North West have not seen the last of Supt Adams, who will over­see each su­per­in­ten­dent in re­gional WA in his new po­si­tion of com­man­der.

“I am ex­cited for the chal­lenge,” he said.

Supt Adams will fin­ish in his role by the end of Jan­uary.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Kim­ber­ley Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Al­lanA­dams has been pro­moted to Re­gional WA Com­man­der.

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