Senior Sergeant Shannon McGeown has taken the reins as Narrogin’s new top cop, outlining his vision for a local police force which is trusted by the community and feared by predators and drug dealers. Sen. Sgt McGeown was promoted from Sergeant to Senior Sergeant when he took the position as officer-in-charge of Narrogin Police Station in January, replacing outgoing OIC Sen. Sgt John Bouwman. A police officer for the past 17 years, Sen. Sgt McGeown started his career in 2006 where he worked the sex crime division and prosecuting. “I wanted to be a police officer as early as I can remember,” Sen. Sgt McGeown said. “I joined the WA Police Force in 2006 as soon as I could at 19 years old.” He was promoted to Sergeant in 2012 when he was supervising teams in Perth, before he relocated to regional WA in 2015 as the officer-in-charge at Tambellup Police Station. After a stint at Coolgardie Police Station, he took a role as the Great Southern Police District family violence coordinator based in Albany in 2019. Alongside his police work, Sen. Sgt McGeown was studying at university and was admitted as a lawyer in 2014. “I was promoted to Narrogin, which was my first preference in a list of available positions,” Sen. Sgt McGeown said. “I was keen on Narrogin because I love policing in regional WA and particularly in the Great Southern. “Having previously worked around the district, I had some exposure to Narrogin and its community.” Sen. Sgt McGeown just wrapped up a six-month secondment as the principal investigating officer with the WA ombudsman. “I was part of the reviews team which conducts administrative investigations and reviews of child deaths and family violence homicides,” he said. “I learnt a lot about the systemic issues that appear in these tragic cases and a sense of what is needed to reduce the risk of such deaths occurring in the future.” He said he had always been motivated to work in regional WA. “You definitely see the reward for effort that you put into policing,” he said. “The challenge is in developing the right policing strategy that fits the needs and demands of the community. “What works in Kalgoorlie might not work in Narrogin. “Listening to the community and understanding the causes of crime and anti-social behaviour is how you calibrate how and where you focus policing effort and that’s what I’m here to do.” Surrounded by a “great team of people” in Narrogin, he said he was eager to contribute to their personal and professional development. “My basic policing ethos is that we carry out our work in a way that the community trusts us, meanwhile, the predators and drug dealers fear us,” he said.