Sgt Dickson thanked the Toodyay community for their support over the past three years.
‘It’s these people I work with every day who have made my time at the station rewarding,’ Sgt Dickson said.
‘Policing is a tough business and the family I work with every day has been made my journey here all the more memorable.’
Sgt Dickson said he enjoyed the challenges he faced at Toodyay and, after he transferred to the Northam police station, he hoped to continue living in the town with his family. ‘Three years have passed quickly and it seems like it was only yesterday when I unpacked my bags on arrival,’ he said.
Sgt Dickson said the Toodyay community was vibrant, but the geographical spread of the local population remained a significant issue.
‘The population of the Toodyay Shire is spread throughout the sub-divisions and localities, with a smaller number of community members actually living in the town site,’ he said.
‘This has been the simple reason behind my personal drive to push electronic communication mediums such as eWatch.
‘Social media is a powerful tool and police are exploring this avenue of communication too, with a great deal of success.’
Sen Const Matt Bruse will take over the helm at the station until a new officer-in-charge is appointed.