Experienced police officer Sergeant Wayne Byram takes the reins as Mt Barker’s officer-in-charge

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Sergeant Wayne Byram has started as Mt Barker’s officer-in-charge.
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Experienced police officer Sergeant Wayne Byram has taken the reins as Mt Barker’s officer-in-charge.

Sgt Byram started his new role on Wednesday after transferring from Yarloop police station, where he was also the OIC.

The appointment came after his predecessor, decorated officer David Johnson left the police force to take a role with the Shire of Plantagenet.

Having previously worked in the Great Southern — in Wagin and Albany — Sgt Byram said he was delighted to be back in the region.

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“I’ve spent about half my time in Australia in rural policing, in regional WA,” Sgt Byram said.

“Being personally involved in the community and to see the change from what you are doing, that’s the driver for me.

“I’ll be managing a slightly bigger station and I know the area.

“I think it will be a rewarding challenge and I’m looking forward to continuing the good work that has been done prior to my arrival.”

Sgt Byram came to Australia after seven years as a police officer in East London.

Overall, he has had about 21 years of experience in policing, including in forensics.

He said he was joining a wonderful team in Mt Barker.

“I want it to be a collective effort and there is an incredible team here,” he said.

“Reducing crime, reducing road trauma and traffic offences are the big areas that we will target.

“I like to be invested in the community and the people here at the station. That’s why I’ve come here.”

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