Meet the new cop in town

Meet the new cop in town

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Mundijong Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Gailene Hamilton. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

There is a new officer on the block at Mundijong Police Station who will be permanently filling the shoes of former senior sergeant Darryl Brandis. 

Senior Sergeant Gailene Hamilton started as Mundijong’s new officer-in-charge on June 17 and although it’s only early days, she said she is loving her new environment.

Snr Sgt Hamilton was promoted to the role after being transferred from her previous role as a detective in the WA Police Cold Case Homicide Squad. 

“I was 19 when I joined the force,” she said. 

“The majority of my working career has been as a detective in regional WA in Karratha, Broome and Mount Barker, as well as metropolitan Perth. 

“I come from a very different environment, coming from a detective background and now into uniform so it is completely different.” 

Snr Sgt Hamilton said she may have only been in the role for less than two weeks but she had already been welcomed with open arms by fellow officers and many people in the community. 

“The role is interesting, they are great people to work with and a great community to be a part of,” she said. 

“I would like to build on what Darryl Brandis has already created here over his four and a half years, just with new eyes, new thoughts and innovation.” 

Former senior sergeant Darryl Brandis finished up at Mundijong Police Station last month and has since started a new role as officer-in-charge of the Police Officer Deployment Unit in Perth.