Stationed in Port Pirie, Superintendent Mark Syrus has just been appointed as the officer-in-charge of Yorke Mid North Local Service Area for the South Australia Police.
But Supt. Syrus is no stranger to regional South Australia.
"I am coming up to 40 years in SAPOL. I have had quite a varied career, staring out in the country at Port Augusta," he said.
"I have worked up in the northern part of the state where I was the officer-in-charge at Andamooka. I then went back down to the city and spent 12 years in STAR operations where I was a police diver and field search controller. I then went back out into the country to the Riverland where I was stationed at Berri, then back up to Port Augusta as the operations inspector."
Supt. Syrus says one of the highlights of his career was going back to STAR operations as an officer-in-charge.
"It was quite an honour," he said.
Despite his achievements, Supt. Syrus said the country holds a place in his heart.
"I enjoy country policing, I like being involved in the community, and I like the community aspect of policing," he said.
"When you police in the country you can see the results of your police work. Policing is a fine-art resource which relies on the community to achieve our aim."
Supt. Syrus said while he has had an operational career, he was excited about his new post.
"It poses new challenges and new areas to police. The Yorke Mid North is quite a diverse area, with my area of responsibility extending from Port Pirie, the Mid North, out to Broken Hill, Clare Valley and the Yorke Pensinsula," he said.
"I have about 130 members spread over 32 policing districts."
He said there are many long-term goals on the agenda, with the main focus being community safety.
"My role is to provide strategic oversight and keep the community safe by making sure my resources are spread over the whole area and we are providing a service," he said.
"Traffic is a major focus and particularly the 'Fatal Five', targeting drink and drug drivers, seat-belts, speed, distractions, and dangerous road users.
"They all contribute to the amount of lives lost in the community. Any fatality is a tragedy, but when it happens in a local community it really does resonate through the community."
Supt. Syrus said with the coronavirus health crisis, his officers will introduce safe health and hygiene practices across the district.
"Our response to coronavirus is restricting the amount of spread of the virus so SAPOL is doing their bit by not conducting static roadside testing," he said.
"Mobile testing for alcohol and drugs will still continue. There are procedures in place for our officers to clean instruments between each test."
Supt. Syrus said he is two months into the position and he looks foward to what this year brings.
If you see the new Superintendent out in the region, make sure to say hello and make him feel welcome in our community.