Broome’s top cop bid an emotional farewell to the Kimberley region last week before transferring to a much cooler end of the State — the Great Southern. After serving both Halls Creek and Broome police as officer-in-charge for 5½ years, Inspector Dean Bailey said goodbye to colleagues in Broome on Friday during his last shift. Inspector Bailey joined Broome police in 2021 after his success in Halls Creek. There he helped reduce burglaries, stolen vehicles and stealing offences between 2019-20 after the launch of a joint night patrol initiative with the Shire of Halls Creek that employed Indigenous youth engagement officers. In less than two years, he not only gained the respect of the Halls Creek community but was recognised for his work in youth engagement with two consecutive nominations in the WA Police Excellence Awards. “It was very rewarding in Halls Creek with the relationships, the families, the kids, and the community engagement,” he said. “I still had those relationships in Broome but it’s so big so it wasn’t to the same degree as Halls Creek . . . but it was rewarding knowing you’ve probably impacted or changed some people’s lives for the better.” Having served in the police force for more than 30 years, Inspector Bailey said he worked with some of the best teams and agencies in the Kimberley, thanking them for their support. “You certainly felt accepted within both towns and the Kimberley, the support of all the agencies I got was incredible,” he said. Inspector Bailey will be transferred to the Albany detectives office as officer-in-charge, having worked as a detective for 25 years before moving to Halls Creek. While he is looking forward to some change in both the role and the weather, he said he will certainly miss his Kimberley community and the region. “I will absolutely miss the Kimberley and the people and everything about it. It’s a beautiful part of the world and I’m very fortunate to have experienced it,” he said.