HE may be new in the position, but the new officer-in-charge at Kwinana Police Station, Senior Sergeant Rob Read, is no stranger to the area.
Snr Sgt Read has been a police officer for 21 years, with stints all over WA after starting his career in the Northern Territory.
Kwinana is his latest posting, much to his delight.
“I enjoy Kwinana. I’ve grown up pretty much in the area… so I know the area very well… I’ve found the staff and the people so far to be great,” he said.
Snr Sgt Read said Kwinana police officers were enjoying the recent shift to community-based policing.
“Kwinana Police now operates as a local policing team which means we’re more community focused, trying to gain some links with the community and also trying to problem solve issues within the community.
“We’ve got Twitter, we’ve got Facebook – we’ve got links to the community there but we’re always available to have a talk too.”
Despite a lot of time and kilometres in the job, Snr Sgt Read says the reason he joined WA Police is the reason he has stayed.
“It’s probably the fact you can help people, I know we all say that and it may be a throw- away line but I genuinely believe a lot of our police officers are out here to help people and that’s what they want to do. That’s why they joined and that’s why I joined,” he said.
“I still feel that I’m making a difference and helping people.”
When he’s not at work, Snr Sgt Read enjoys fishing and is also a soccer referee.
“It’s the same sort of role, trying to keep people in line on the soccer pitch as it is at work but it’s an enjoyable outlet. It helps relieve stress and it keeps me fit,” he said.