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Katan­ning Po­lice Sta­tion’s new of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Brett Pengilly says work­ing with the com­mu­nity is key to stop­ping crooks.

Katan­ning Po­lice Sta­tion has wel­comed their new­est ad­di­tion with Se­nior Sergeant Brett Pengilly wast­ing no time set­tling in to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The new of­fi­cer-in-charge brings 29 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the WA Po­lice force to the role hav­ing most re­cently worked in the Gold­fields be­fore ar­riv­ing in the Great South­ern po­lice dis­trict re­cently.

Sen. Sgt Pengilly re­places Sen. Sgt Si­mon Un­der­wood, who has moved on af­ter two years in the post af­ter pre­vi­ously be­ing sta­tioned in Kal­go­or­lie and was the of­fi­cer-in-charge at Cool­gar­die for three years.

Katan­ning’s new top cop said he was ea­ger to work closely with key stake­hold­ers in the com­mu­nity to ul­ti­mately pre­vent crime.

“I have a strong de­sire for re­gional WA polic­ing,” he said.

“In an area this size, polic­ing is quite per­sonal as you are part of the com­mu­nity.”

Sen. Sgt Pengilly said he and his 15 of­fi­cers also hoped to con­tinue strength­en­ing their en­gage­ment with the com­mu­nity.

“You can only do so much, we need to work to­gether to make it tougher for crooks,” he said.

“Katan­ning is a small com­mu­nity where you can make a dif­fer­ence and see the dif­fer­ence.

“The com­mu­nity has re­ally jumped on board.”

New Katan­ning po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Brett Pengilly.

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