Like most of his colleagues, the Mid West-Gascoyne’s new district boss pursued a career with WA Police because he wanted to make a difference in his community. Northam-raised Supt Steve Post moved to Geraldton in April when he was announced the successor to former district top cop Supt Roger Beer. For two years he was involved in overseeing WAPOL’s response to the pandemic — dubbed Operation Tide — and worked to help industry and individuals navigate complex and ever-changing COVID rules. It was in this role that Supt Post said he gained an understanding of the enormous impact the pandemic was having on West Australians. “People were genuinely grateful for our assistance, whether you were helping them spend their last minutes with a loved one taking their dying breath, or you were helping with a billion-dollar mining project that helped the people working on those projects put food on the table,” he said. He returns to Geraldton after a two-week stint in 1988, with Supt Post saying the city looked almost nothing like it did three decades ago. “Geraldton back in the 80s, I think it would be fair to say, was a pretty rough place. The Geraldton of 2022 is a lot safer,” he said. “There are great amenities in this place, the people are friendly and very pro-police, very community-orientated and I just get a really good vibe from Geraldton. I actually pinch myself that I have been promoted and I have been transferred to this location.” Supt Post said his primary goal while in the role was to leave the district in a better shape than he found it to ensure people felt safe in their communities. “My view is things are pretty good in the Mid West-Gascoyne, and that is credit to the previous Supt Roger Beer and the team, but there is always things we can make better,” he said. “It is about looking for those opportunities where we can make a difference, to build that trust and to instill in the community that we do live in a safe place.” He led WAPOL’s Aboriginal cadet program for a time while he was in Perth and Supt Post said he hoped to encourage more Indigenous people in the district to “join the blue family”. “I found (leading the Aboriginal cadet program) really rewarding and it is something that helped me continue my journey to understand the relationship between police and the Indigenous community,” he said. “What I hope to achieve while I am here is to continue my journey of understanding better, doing what I can do to contribute to closing the gap between the police and the Indigenous community and hopefully develop more trust between Aboriginal people and police in the district.” Supt Post said another of his priorities would be to work with stakeholders to address youth crime in Geraldton and the rest of the district. “Children who don’t have direction, who don’t have guidance, and who may not be attending school can get up to bad things,” he said. “I will be working with my other colleagues and the other government agencies to try and make sure children are attending school, getting a good night sleep in a safe environment at home, and getting the nurturing from their families that they need.” Supt Post said he was “really encouraged” by the “commitment” and “professionalism” demonstrated by the officers in charge of the 19 stations across the district, and looked forward to working with them in the coming years. “I don’t profess to be able to solve all the ills of the world, or indeed the Mid West-Gascoyne district, but I can try to make it better,” he said.