Top cop farewell

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Elise Van Aken and Jakeb Wad­dell

A well-known Ku­nunurra of­fi­cer will take on the high­est po­lice role in the Kim­ber­ley next year and plans to con­tinue with “busi­ness as usual”.

East Kim­ber­ley Insp. Greg Crofts has been named as the new Kim­ber­ley Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent, over­see­ing all op­er­a­tions across the re­gion and re­plac­ing out­go­ing Al­lan Adams.

Insp. Crofts will con­tinue to be based in Ku­nunurra and said his mis­sion in the new year was to main­tain the good ser­vice the sta­tion was al­ready pro­vid­ing. “It will be busi­ness as usual — for those who we need to en­force the law on, we cer­tainly will,” he said. “Our role is to re­spond, in­ves­ti­gate and keep of­fend­ers ac­count­able.

“We’ll play our role, and the com­mu­nity can play theirs by keep­ing vig­i­lant and re­port­ing any sus­pi­cious or crim­i­nal be­hav­iour.”

Supt Adams said he was “more than con­fi­dent” his re­place­ment would con­tinue the strong com­mu­nity in­volve­ment around tough so­cial is­sues.

“Greg has done a great job in Ku­nunurra fol­low­ing the phi­los­o­phy we have been work­ing on for a num­ber of years,” he said.

“We were crit­i­cal that there was some level of con­ti­nu­ity be­cause if some­one came up here and scrapped the work we had done, it would cause un­cer­tainty.

“He is an in­spired choice and I think he will do a good job.”

Insp. Crofts will of­fi­cially take over the role when Supt Adams de­parts next month.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Chris Daw­son con­grat­u­lated Insp. Crofts and other of­fi­cers on their pro­mo­tions and wished them suc­cess in their new roles. “I have ev­ery con­fi­dence in the skills, knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and depth of the se­nior lead­er­ship ranks,” he said.

Pic­ture: Elise Van Aken

Sen. Sgt Leeca Smith, left, and Det-Sgt Paul Brunini, who are join­ing the Ku­nunurra po­lice lead­er­ship team, with East Kim­ber­ley Insp. Greg Crofts, who will soon take over as Kim­ber­ley Dis­trict Supt.

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