Top cop reveals the naked truth on Geraldton posting
The officer in charge of Geraldton Police Station is leaving at the end of the month, but not without a few memorable experiences.
“Had to respond to a naked bloke out on the pontoon once,” Senior Sergeant Brad Bird said.
“He’d had about four litres of port. It was on the foreshore nearing midnight and we were trying to secure marine assets so we could get him.
“Next thing we know he’s in the water and an officer says they see a man climbing onto the rocks by the town jetty (Francis Street) and starting to run stark naked.
“I find him and he says, ‘Who are you, some sort of fisherman?’
“I say ‘No, I’m the officer in charge of Geraldton Police Station. Get in the van’.
“We took him to the hospital. He was well and truly pickled.”
The 48-year-old police officer is going to Perth to head a security operations unit, helped by his background in counter-terrorism and hostage negotiations.
He has been a police officer on-and-off for the past 29 years, following in the footsteps of his father, retired First Class Sergeant Peter Bird.
The elder Mr Bird was second in command at Geraldton Police Station between 1974 and 1980, and his wife Bernadette Bird was station matron and cooked meals for prisoners.
Sen. Sgt Brad Bird said becoming a cop had been totally against his dad’s wishes, but he had wanted to be like his old man.
He joined the force in the 1990s, before departing for a management role at oil and gas giant Chevron in 2013.
He rejoined WA Police two years later and moved to lead Geraldton Police Station in October, 2015.
He’s stuck with the City’s police ever since.
“I’ll miss the community the most,” Sen. Sgt Bird said.
“I’ve really learned a lot here and become a better officer and better person.
“I think my biggest success has been changing the perception of police to our young, at-risk and displaced youth.
“Just seeing the faces of young kids when they now engage with the coppers.”
The senior sergeant will bid farewell to the local boys and girls in blue on January 29.
He thanked them for their loyalty, support and hard work during his tenure.
“They’re an amazing bunch of men and women, and the next OIC is going to be blessed with an incredibly professional group of police officers,” he said.
The new officer-in-charge of Geraldton Police Station, Sen. Sgt Jason Scragg, will take up the role in February.
Sen. Sgt Scragg began his policing career in 1989 and has since served in country traffic, counter-terrorism and the health, welfare and safety division of WA Police.
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