A MONTH into his role as the new officer in charge of the Forrestfield police station, Senior Sergeant Brad Robinson says he is absolutely loving it.
While his 28-year-long career has seen him live and work across the state, this is his first time in charge of an entire station, a role which he has always wanted.
Snr Sgt Robinson said his primary focus was maintaining timely and quality responses to crime and investigations, respectful engagement with the community, high visibility policing in areas deemed to have high crime rates, and ensuring victim safety.
Snr Sgt Robinson aims to utilise cutting edge technology to continue the reduction in crime rates in the Midland district and Forrestfield subdistrict.
“At the moment our crime stats are looking pretty good, we are tracking under where we were this time last year,” he said.
He wants to continue to work closely with businesses to respond to retail theft and anti-social behaviour.
No stranger to adapting to the newest technology, Snr Sgt Robinson was in charge of the strategic implementation of the automatic number-plate recognition system, saturating Perth with cameras to notify police in real-time of the location of offenders.
A hills resident, Snr Sgt Robinson is looking forward to the challenge of running the Forrestfield station, and is excited to be able to police the community he is part of – a first for his time in working in the Perth metropolitan region.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in regional WA, so I really like that country style of policing, it’s a personalised touch,” he said.
“I’ve always been a very passionate officer, no matter where I am but I feel as though my passion has elevated somewhat because my family and friends are here.”
His career has seen him travel across the state, from Kununurra to Broome, Albany, the Goldfields, and several metropolitan districts.
His years of experience across the sector include traffic management, cold case investigation, crime squads, internal affairs, spearheading ANPR technology, and managing the Perth Airport’s Covid response at the height of the pandemic.
The Perth Hills pose a unique challenge for policing as officers have to balance metropolitan and semi-rural duties.
However, Snr Sgt Robinson believes he is equipped with the skills needed to guide his officers through these challenges.