New chief makes an impact

Sergeant Jason Macander plans to bring his police country and metro experience together in his new role.
Sergeant Jason Macander plans to bring his police country and metro experience together in his new role.

Sgt Macander took over as the officer in charge on June 14 and immediately put officers on duty at times residents did not expect.

‘I definitely hit the ground running ” we have a traffic operation running at the moment,’ he said.

‘In the first four days it has already seen just over 500 vehicles stopped, three vehicles have been seized, three drink-drivers charged and a number of associated traffic offences identified.

‘It’s not just this week; this is how it is going to be from now on.

‘A lot of town believe they know when we work or when we don’t work but we could be working anytime.’

Having joined WA Police in 1996, Sgt Macander has worked at several metropolitan posts as well as country stations, including most recently Carnavon. ‘I have worked as a detective in WA Police as well,’ he said.

Responsible for the sub-district of Yanchep, Two Rocks, Eglinton, Alkimos and Carabooda, Sgt Macander said although he had access to resources from across the district, he expected the sub-district team to increase with population growth.

Sgt Macander said police would be working with local government and external security agencies to target building site crime.

He said residents should report anything suspicious around construction sites and on the roads as it happened, so police could respond.

‘The community are definitely fed up with hoon drivers ” that will be my aim for the rest of town to be able to drive without seeing black marks on the road,’ he said.