New goals part of promotion
Now he is on a whole new playing field after just his promotion as being promoted accepting the position of Tweed-Byron Police Duty Officer and Inspector, based in Byron Bay.
“It’s been good, and it’s a privilege,” he said.
“The people here (police) are great to work with.”
While his first six weeks have been a bit hectic, with Schoolies and New Year’s Eve to cope with, Insp Diehm said it was ‘good being busy’.
“I hit the ground running, but it will calm down and then I can get on top of the paperwork,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges and helping people.”
Originally from Mullumbimby, his transfer from Lismore to being transferred to Byron Bay from Lismore means it is like coming home for Insp Diehm.
“I was born and bred in Mullum, so I know a lot of the local issues,” he said.
Insp Diehm has already identified a few problems in his ‘new area’, he is responsible for, which also takes in the Bangalow, Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads and Ocean Shores communities.
“There is a youth problem at night in Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads, and there are some anti-social issues in Byron Bay,” he said.
And his plan of action?
“I will support the things that are working well, and I encourage anyone in those areas to contact me at the Byron Bay police station,” Insp Diehm said.
“I will support the police in the area and will get involved with community groups.”
Insp Diehm said he was already started by becoming involved with the ‘council and community groups in Brunswick Heads’.
He previously worked as a detective for 18 years, six of which were as a Detective Sergeant.
The For the last four years he was saw him based in Lismore, where meaning he handled cases such as that of murdered backpacker Simone Strobel.
“I’ll never forget that one. I’m still working on it with the German police,” Insp Diehm said.
However He said his previous work , which involved working in Sydney and Western NSW, and with ‘some time’ in the homicide squad, prepared him well for his new position.
“I can bring different skills to this job,” Insp Diehm said.
In the meantime, however, though, he also plans to continue volunteer surf lifesaving work ‘with his local surf club’ patrolling at Lennox Head, and ‘to ‘get back into football’.