By Rebecca Peppiatt
MIDLAND Police Station is under new leadership in the form of Senior Sergeant Jeremy Marklew who is taking an old fashioned approach to local crime.
Born and bred in Mount Helena, Sgt Marklew has spent the best part of his 20-year career in the far north servicing communities such as Broome, Fitzroy, Karratha, Carnarvon and most recently South Hedland.
But now he’s back on home turf and in charge of his biggest team yet of 75 staff and officers, and is already making a significant difference.
“I check the crime stats daily and I’m pleased to say it has been going down over the last few weeks,” he said.
Not wanting to take all the credit, Sgt Marklew instead insists the recent decline in crime is down to his “great group” of hard working officers, but does concede his approach to police work is different.
“We’re trying to get as many police officers out on track as much as possible,” he said.
“I think our overt presence, of the police getting out and walking around, talking to people, chatting to people, I think it deters crime.
“It’s a very old fashioned approach but it seems to work.”
Sgt Marklew began work at the Midland Police Unit just over a month ago and has hit the ground running getting involved with the local community as much as he can by speaking to local businesses, community organisations and services.
“It’s important to remind everyone that it’s a whole community effort to have a safe community, to reduce crime, look after our kids, do the best for everyone,” he said.
Sgt Marklew insists the best way to fight crime is with the combined efforts of everyone in the community and urged members of the general public to call in anything they see that’s suspicious.
As for the biggest issues that he will be facing in the area, it would be no surprise to find out that drugs and domestic violence feature highly.
But for Sgt Marklew, the answer is not necessarily all about punitive measures.
“It’s not just about getting out there and arresting people, it’s about getting out there and being in the community, being part of the community, being engaged and being involved,” he said.
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