Brevet Sergeant Daniel McCormick says he has been "blown away" with the reception of his move to Kimba and his appointment as the town's police officer.
He and his wife moved to the town a few months ago and recently welcomed their first child eight weeks ago.
"The position was available, and I was in Whyalla at the time and I thought it would be a good spot for my career development and a good spot to raise our daughter," he said.
"It's been a couple of months now and I've been blown away by the town and how supportive they are."
Bvt Sgt McCormick said he grew up in Whyalla and eventually landed a job at the Port Augusta Prison, before entering the police force and serving most recently in Whyalla for four years.
He has also served in the army reserves for the past seven years, the 10/27 Royal South Australia Regiment.
"At the moment I'm enjoying just how forward-thinking the town is and how even me not knowing anyone, just how supportive they've been for me, and my wife too," he said.
Sergeant McCormick said one of his goals in Kimba was to learn how to manage a police station by himself, a change he said brought its challenges.
"But the good thing is when I'm not working, the town is policing itself and looking out for each other."