New Mingenew Police Station officer-in-charge Sgt Tim Rainer wants to focus on the town’s youth

Michael RobertsMidwest Times
Mingenew Police Station’s new officer-in-charge Sgt. Tim Rainer.
Camera IconMingenew Police Station’s new officer-in-charge Sgt. Tim Rainer. Credit: Supplied: WA Police

Mingenew Police Station’s new officer-in-charge says he will focus on engaging with the town’s youth as part of a plan to be more involved in the community.

Sgt Tim Rainer said he had lived and worked in regional WA for most of his life and enjoyed the rewards and challenges that come with policing in the bush.

“I really enjoy policing in rural communities where you can make change and have an impact,” he said.

“I’m excited by the opportunity to ensure Mingenew continues to be a great place to live.”

His eight-year career as a police officer has seen him posted in Newman and, more recently, Tom Price, where he introduced youth programs that helped significantly reduce youth crime rates.

Sgt Rainer said he also wanted to work closely with young residents in Mingenew and introduce similar initiatives to keep kids engaged.

“We’ve partnered with WA PCYC and established the Mingenew Blue Light Activity Unit,” he said.

“Under the Blue Light banner we’ll be introducing Blue Light discos and other youth-focused events such as laser tag in the near future, something the Mingenew youth have not benefited from in the past.

“We’ve begun working more closely with Mingenew Primary School and towards the end of this school term and into next year we’ll be presenting both online safety and road safety presentations to the students, as well as for interested parents.”

Top of the agenda for Sgt Rainer is placing an emphasis on police being out on the streets more often.

“We’re currently focusing on drink and drug-driving as well as hindering the transportation of prohibited drugs throughout the Mid West,” he said.

“I encourage the community to get in touch should they have any concerns.

“They can call 9188 4100 or email mingenew.police.station@police.wa.gov.au with any general questions they may have.”

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