AFTER spending his formative years as a police officer in Northern Ireland, you would expect Mandurah’s new officer in charge, Senior Sergeant Stephen Thompson to be worldly and hard.
But the genial officer possesses something that all the best police officers have – the gift of the gab and a sense of humour.
“The best tool a police officer has is his mouth,” he said.
“How you speak to people and deal with people is important.”
Snr Sgt Thompson has been policing in some form for about 27 years.
He came to Australia 15 years ago with his family and has worked in a variety of areas, including prosecuting, forensics and he’s even been the top cop.
Snr Sgt Thompson comes to Mandurah via Kwinana where he was the officer in charge for almost a year.
He is familiar with Mandurah, as he’s lived in the postcode for several years.
“You don’t do it for money,” he said.
“You do it because you want to make a difference, because you feel you have something to offer.
“Also it’s an interesting job with lots of variety.”
He said the people of Mandurah are the most valuable tools they have when it comes to reducing crime.
“Please come speak to police, get to know us,” he said.
“If you have information pass that on. When it comes to drugs, volume crime and stolen property – we thrive on that information.”