Top cop stays on course to curtail crime

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Kimberley District Superintendent Greg Crofts.
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Alcohol-fuelled violence, antisocial behaviour and youth offending may be rife in the Kimberley, but the region’s new top cop is determined to maintain his approach to tackling high crime rates.

Kimberley District Superintendent Greg Crofts officially took over the role earlier this year and will continue encouraging his team to engage with communities to develop strategies for dealing with offenders of all ages.

With 35 years of experience under his belt, including his most recent 12-month stint as an East Kimberley inspector, Supt Crofts said working with towns and communities was the most effective plan of attack.

“We have been doing this in the Kimberley for the past year or two because it works,” he said.

“Policing has always remained the same in one aspect — police will always attend reports of crime as quickly as possible, support the victim and investigate.

“But I know that if a young person has an attachment with someone or something, then they have a high level of respect and show it, and it works best if the community and all of us who live here show unconditional love to all community members.

“I know if someone does not feel part of the community then they can retaliate by not respecting anything and committing crimes at their leisure.”

Supt Crofts said there was no “one-size-fits-all” answer to crime in the varying communities across the Kimberley.

“There may be some quite different strategies developed to help the offenders break their cycle of offending, but whatever works should be celebrated,” he said.

“I am not one for rewarding any offenders — they need to be held accountable for what they have done. The secret is to work with each individual and help them deal with the issues that cause them to commit crimes.”

Supt Crofts said the level of policing services was extraordinarily good and he hoped to support his staff even more and promote their work as new programs were introduced and existing ones improved to help local youth.

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