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Police stalwarts bid bittersweet farewell
Police stalwarts bid 'bittersweet' farewell

A pair of Margaret River’s most senior police officers will move out of town next month to take up promotions.

Senior Constables Ross Bartley and Simon Bickers will leave their posts in Margaret River after four year’s service to tackle new jobs in Rockingham and Tambellup.

Snr Const. Bartley, who is set to be a senior supervisor in Rockingham, told the Times he would miss Margaret River.

“I’ve been in the police force for 15 years and in Margaret River for four-and-a-half years and it’s a natural progression to move forward into a more senior role,” Snr Const. Bartley said.

“It’s certainly been a good four years in Margaret River, but Rockingham will offer a different style of policing I’m looking forward to.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to Perth and a frontline police-style role.”

Snr Const. Bickers, who would be promoted to Sergeant and run the two-officer Tambellup station, said the move would be bittersweet.

“It’s sad to be leaving somewhere as nice as Margaret River, but it will be great to be in charge at the new station,” he said.

Snr Const. Bickers applied for the position earlier in the year and the police officer of 17 years said he was excited by the new opportunity.

“We had a choice to move out there and I was lucky to land the gig,” he said.

“I’ve been out there and had a look. It’s small.”

Snr Const. Bartley and Bickers are expected to start their new jobs in late December.

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