New cop focuses on youth
The new officer running the Port Hedland police station has swapped life as a detective in the homicide squad for the blue uniform in a region close to his heart.
Sergeant Steve Cleal chose the Pilbara town because of his experience in the region and love for the area, with five years experience working in Karratha and another five in Derby.
“I chose to go back to uniform, I’ve been a detective since 2003 so a long time, but in terms of managing and running a police station this is a great opportunity,” he said.
He listed tackling youth offences as one of his a top priorities.
“In terms of what I want to achieve, I want a reduction in juvenile crime which is a big issue, both in Port (Hedland) and South (Hedland).
“Being an influence on our younger community in the right direction will be a big goal of mine, to keep them happy and safe and make sure we can deal with whatever it is that’s going on.
“I did a lot of work in Derby and Karratha, particularly as a detective, and a lot of things happen to and because of young kids, and so I know a lot of people around those areas and communities in the Pilbara.”
Sgt Cleal said he has been working hard at meeting people and engaging with the community since starting his new position earlier this month.
“I’d love my name and face to be know all around with the Port Authority, marine rescue, BHP, all those people because we need each other when there are marine and land searches,” he said.
Sgt Cleal said his team of eight officers were “very young” and “very keen” to increase their interactions with people in the community.
“We are an open book, you are welcome to come and meet us at any time,” Sgt Cleal said.
“If anyone wants to assist me with any camping spots or fishing spots please ring in.”
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