Walk­ing the thin blue line

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

FRE­MAN­TLE Po­lice Dis­trict has a new com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co-or­di­na­tor and she’s ready to hit the ground run­ning.

Sergeant Kylie Thomas joined WA Po­lice in 2006 with one big goal in mind; to pro­tect those who could not pro­tect them­selves.

After be­gin­ning her ca­reer in Rock­ing­ham she trans­ferred to New­man where she be­came the crime preven­tion and di­ver­sity of­fi­cer, stay­ing there un­til she moved back to Perth in 2013 and be­came a de­tec­tive two years later.

Pro­moted to sergeant in April this year, she returned to uni­form to take on the com­mu­nity en­gage­ment role.

“I was drawn to com­mu­nity en­gage­ment as it was a role I en­joyed and found very re­ward­ing dur­ing my time in New­man,” she said.

“This new role will al­low me the op­por­tu­nity to shift my fo­cus from solv­ing crimes as a de­tec­tive to im­ple­ment­ing pro­grams that will as­sist in the preven­tion of these crimes. I have al­ways been com­mu­nity fo­cused and en­joy the more per­sonal ap­proach to polic­ing that in­volves work­ing with like-minded peo­ple with the goal of pro­tect­ing the vul­ner­a­ble.”

Sgt Thomas said the role pro­vided a con­duit be­tween front­line of­fi­cers, lo­cal gov­ern­ment agen­cies, lo­cal busi­nesses and the wider com­mu­nity.

“My role in­volves iden­ti­fy­ing and en­gag­ing ex­ter­nal agen­cies and net­works to de­velop pro­grams and strate­gies that in­crease com­mu­nity safety and re­duce crime,” she said.

“This is a large dis­trict that is pro­gres­sive and cul­tur­ally di­verse, which brings plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as chal­lenges.

“I will be pro­mot­ing pub­lic aware­ness via com­mu­nity events and pre­sen­ta­tions, with a fo­cus on sup­port­ing pro­grams that as­sist di­vert­ing youth from crime and ad­vo­cacy for the el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble.”

Sergeant Kylie Thomas.

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