Promotion a move from beloved region
The region’s top cop is set to leave his beloved Kimberley early next year after moving up the ranks to a Perth-based position.
Kimberley District Superintendent Allan Adams was promoted to Regional WA Commander recently after three years in the role.
Supt Adams broke down police barriers and created a culture of strong community involvement in a number of social issues across the area, a decision he regards as his biggest achievement during his time.
“I’ve been reflecting on my highlights since the new position came up and something that always comes to mind is that stronger connection at community level among all police,” he said.
“We have become more involved, more vocal and taken leadership roles on issues such as youth suicide and been on the forefront of placing an emphasis on social and emotional wellbeing of communities wrapped with that kind of trauma.
“Another achievement is our increased role around domestic violence. During my time here the reporting of family violence increased by 40 per cent, which is a good thing because it gave us the opportunity to reach out and support the perpetrator and victim.”
Supt Adams said his promotion was bitter-sweet as he would be leaving a region he was deeply involved in.
“I will miss the people here the most as I made some really good friends and professional relationships,” he said.
“I came up here knowing the beautiful Kimberley would be the good part of the job but always knew the reason I was here was to make a difference in making it more safe and secure.
“Trying to fix these wicked problems with good people by having this local connection is something I will really miss.”
But communities across the North West have not seen the last of Supt Adams, who will oversee each superintendent in regional WA in his new position of commander.
“I am excited for the challenge,” he said.
Supt Adams will finish in his role by the end of January.
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