My name is Jayden Lowe and I would like to introduce myself as the new Officer in Charge of Manjimup Police Station. I have been a police officer for 22 years and prior to moving here I completed three years as the Officer in Charge of Kojonup Police Station, so I am aware of this area and working in rural and farming communities. Prior to that I worked in a number of metropolitan and regional locations throughout the state from Kununurra to Esperance. As a result of working in these locations I have a varied experience which will assist in all aspects of policing in Manjimup. I would like to talk about my expectations and goals for this town, but firstly I would like to thank the community which has been really welcoming. I have enjoyed my time here so far. As a police station, our goal is to work closely with the community to continue to make this town a safer place and to further reduce crime. Some of the things you can do to assist us in reducing crime is consider security, lighting and CCTV. This is a proven method of reducing offences and it increases our chances of being able to charge offenders. There is always something that can be done to improve the security of a property and make it harder for the criminals. Now I will address some of the main issues in Manjimup, including family violence, damage, burglary and stealing. It is very clear that some people are stealing property so it can be swapped for drugs. The latest trend is breaking into sheds and vehicles targeting cordless tools which are easy to transport and are readily received by drug dealers. I would like to challenge you as a community to assist us in tackling these issues as they are a whole of community problem and may affect your family and friends. With your help we can reduce offences and the amount of drugs being sold which will have a positive affect on the community. I have no doubt there are some people in the community that know who is stealing property and others will know who is selling drugs. Drug dealers are not a friend to the community, they cause untold harm and can destroy lives. In regards to drugs, I will also make it clear that methylamphetamine is our primary focus due to the harm it causes but if we find out people are selling cannabis, they can also expect a visit from us. As a police station we have increased targeted patrols of the roads with a focus on reducing road trauma. We will be targeting speeding, mobile phones, inattention, reckless driving, and drug and alcohol impaired driving, all of which are the main causes of accidents. As a quick example of how we will be operating as a police station, over the last few weeks we have executed 10 search warrants and conducted a number of targeted vehicle stops, resulting in 14 people being charged with a number of drug and property offences. To assist us keeping drugs out of Manjimup, especially methylamphetamine, please give us a call on 9771 9100 or if you wish to remain anonymous please call crime stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit the website www.crimestopperswa.com.au. We would also like you be on the look-out with the fire season approaching, Please report any suspicious behaviour as it’s often the smallest bit of information, such as a description of a person or vehicle, that can help us put all the pieces together. You can also send us an email on email@example.com and I guarantee that any information provided to us is confidential and is not shared with anyone else. Now for those of you that use social media, you can follow us on Twitter or the South West Police Facebook page where we will regularly post about what is going on in Manjimup. I look forward to working with the schools, businesses, sporting groups and other agencies in the Shire of Manjimup to create some strong relationships. If you see me driving around or walking down the street, come and say G’day.