Polic­ing in fo­cus

Broome Advertiser - - Advertiser | Opinion - Kevin Bearcroft

While most peo­ple in Broome go about their day en­joy­ing the Kim­ber­ley life­style, Broome po­lice are work­ing hard to keep their com­mu­nity safe.

Have you ever won­dered what the po­lice do to keep the com­mu­nity safe?

Here is a 24-hour snap­shot of polic­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in Broome on Tues­day, August 15.

52 jobs in­clud­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence, as­saults, wel­fare checks, noise com­plaints, dis­tur­bances and cur­few checks.

175 ve­hi­cle stops, in­clud­ing ran­dom breath tests tar­get­ing al­co­hol/drug driv­ing.

High-vis­i­bil­ity pa­trols of tar­geted ar­eas, re­sult­ing in a sig­nif­i­cant amount of al­co­hol be­ing de­stroyed for pub­lic drink­ing (in ex­cess of 75 cans of beer, eight bot­tles of wine and two bot­tles of spir­its)

Three peo­ple sum­monsed to court for a va­ri­ety of traf­fic of­fences, dam­age and dis­or­derly con­duct.

One per­son ar­rested for driv­ing of­fences.

Tar­geted pa­trols of crime hot spots, drug dealer’s houses and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour lo­ca­tions.

Fol­low­ing-up in­ves­ti­ga­tions, gath­er­ing ev­i­dence and track­ing down sus­pects.

At­tempt­ing to lo­cate in­di­vid­u­als to serve re­strain­ing or­ders, sum­monses and in­fringe­ments. Broome po­lice have a sergeant su­per­vi­sor on each shift cov­er­ing the full 24-hour pe­riod. It is the sergeant’s role to su­per­vise the daily run­ning of the po­lice sta­tion, to re­view all tasks of­fi­cers at­tend and to en­sure the safety of pris­on­ers within the Broome lock-up.

In ad­di­tion to the front­line staff, we also had de­tec­tives, foren­sics, pros­e­cut­ing, liquor li­cens­ing, youth crime in­ter­ven­tion of­fi­cers, Abo­rig­i­nal po­lice li­ai­son of­fi­cers, com­mu­nity re­la­tion of­fi­cers, ad­min­is­tra­tion staff and the sta­tion OIC work­ing.

Our job is not the same day in, day out. It can change with one phone call and is very dy­namic.

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