Kellie Taylor takes over from Darren Wynne as the new officer in charge at Fremantle police station and brings with her a raft of experience and an intense love of the job.
‘I’ve been in the job coming up 20 years. It’s a family business: my great-grandfather was a policeman who joined in 1910 and was the officer in charge at Nannup police station,’ she said.
‘My dad is in the police force and so is my brother, so it is definitely a family business.
‘For 10 of those 20 years I was a detective working with different crime teams, and then I got promoted to sergeant in 2008 and worked at Scarborough police station as a shift supervisor before being promoted to Senior Sergeant.’
Hitting the ground running in her new position, Senior Sergeant Taylor said there were a number of issues she would be focusing on while in the chair at Fremantle that would aim to help local police, the local community and Fremantle as a whole.
‘One of my main focuses is engaging with other government and non-government departments and working collaboratively to find solutions to particular problems,’ she said.
‘We want to make Fremantle a safe place for people who are here, have a strong focus on police presence in Kings Square and the responsible service of liquor.
‘I also want to build on community engagement, with a focus on those families and addresses who create a demand on our services.’
Snr Sgt Taylor said there were still too many instances of local homeowners leaving doors and windows unlocked, even when they are at home, giving opportunistic thieves the chance to take what they want.
Leaving valuables in plain sight inside a locked car was also a too frequent event.
Snr Sgt Taylor said she was open to sitting down with community members for a chat about their concerns.
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