MANDURAH Police Station’s Officer in Charge (OIC) Darren Hart has been promoted to the OIC of Perth Police Station.
He is currently tying up loose ends at the local station and preparing for handover.
Senior Sergent Hart has been the Mandurah OIC for 14 months.
He said he is looking forward to the new challenge, but sad to be leaving Mandurah.
Sen Sgt Hart said a highlight of his tenure was the work of police in the central business district.
“We addressed issues of antisocial behaviour and have really made a difference of late,” he said.
Sen Sgt Hart said one of the frustrations he had was a large number of people focusing on the negatives.
“They say terrible things about Mandurah,” he said.
“For some reason people focus on the small details.
“They focus on it being a low-socioeconomic area and the antisocial behaviour.”
But Sen Sgt Hart said Mandurah was no different from anywhere else.
“The reality is Mandurah is a fantastic place to live,” he said.
“The services are outstanding.
“As a community we need to focus on the positives.”
Sen Sgt Hart has worked in policing for 26 years and has lived in Mandurah for more than 20 years.
Advertising for Sen Sgt Hart’s replacement closes tomorrow.