Collie Police Senior Sergeant Mike Dean has thanked the community for assisting in reducing crime rates as well as standing against crime and domestic violence.
The Officer in Charge is leaving the station after four years in the role.
Sgt. Dean is being transferred to take on an administrative position at WA Minister for Police Michelle Roberts’ office.
He, whilst being the Police Commissioner’s liaison to the minister, will return to the rank of Inspector.
“I would like to thank the citizens of Collie, it’s been a highlight of my career, and an honour to serve the town,” he said.
“Thank you for your confidence and support.
“May I also add a special thank you to the CWA ladies, Patricia will miss you.”
Sgt. Dean officially starts in the position from next week.
It’s been a highlight of my career, and an honour to serve the town.Senior Sergeant Mike Dean
Reaction coming in from the community
He said several police officers at the precinct will be leaving over the next few months, and new faces will come in to replace them.
Shire of Collie chief executive officer David Blurton said Sgt. Dean backed the police and council’s commitment to protecting residents and reducing crime.
“Mike is to be congratulated for the leadership he has shown in this area as well as his efforts and commitment towards reducing drug related crime in Collie,” he said.
“Shire officers have developed an open and trusting working relationship with the local police officers under Mikes tenure and I look forward to this relationship continuing with the next OIC.
“On behalf of Council and staff at the Shire I would like to thank Mike for everything he has done during his time in Collie and I wish him well for the future.”
Ngalang Boodja Corporation manager Narelle Carroll said he and the police always offered support and was always a phone call away.
She said Ngalang Boodja was looking forward to continuing to build positive relationships within town.
Collie PCYC manager Linda Gallagher said Sgt. Dean greatly assisted with the Collie PCYC’s Diversionary programs and he will be missed by the community.