WITH more than 30 years’ policing experience, the challenge of leading a team of 50 detectives working to combat crime across Belmont, Kensington and Cannington does not daunt Detective Senior Sergeant Tom Tristram.
Sgt Tristram has worked in both uniformed and detective roles over his three decades with WA Police.
Coming from a leadership role at Belmont Police Station, Sgt Tristram said he welcomed the bigger challenge of serving as officer-in-charge of Kensington Detectives.
He officially began the role last month and said his first priority was to deal with property-related offences.
“As well as dealing with personal crime such as serious assaults, robbery and sexual offences, I intend to maintain a hardline approach to property-related offenders to ensure the community feel safe in their homes, especially during the festive season,” he said.
Statistics from the past year showed more than 6700 cars were broken into in the southeastern suburbs, with Kensington police station receiving 2131 stolen property reports, Cannington 1384 and Belmont 925.
“People committing these offences to supplement their drug habits, along with those within our community who sell drugs to these people, will be our main focus,” Sgt Tristram said.
“I encourage members of the community to report any activity that might be suspicious to Crime Stoppers to allow my people to act on the information.”