Ar­madale Po­lice open all hours

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AR­MADALE Po­lice Sta­tion will be­come a 24/7 pub­lic ac­cess sta­tion from July 24.

It will be the sec­ond sta­tion in the South East Metropoli­tan District to run a 24-hour fa­cil­ity af­ter Cannington.

“Crime doesn’t stop... and the peo­ple of Ar­madale de­serve to have the same in-per­son ac­cess to po­lice ser­vices as peo­ple in the city,” Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said.

Ms Roberts said the $7 mil­lion promised in fund­ing to sup­port ex­tended po­lice sta­tion hours across Perth would be pro­vided soon.

“It was actually (Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Op­er­a­tions Stephen Brown’s) idea to be able to start the 24-hour sta­tions sooner rather than later,” she said. “He said he was very com­fort­able do­ing that from ex­ist­ing re­sources.”

Ar­madale MLA Tony Buti said the is­sue of a 24-hour po­lice sta­tion was a key con­cern ex­pressed by lo­cals.

“Ar­madale res­i­dents have con­sis­tently turned out in huge num­bers to show their sup­port and we could not have done this with­out them,” Mr Buti said.

Ms Roberts said she thought the new hours would give a de­gree of com­fort to the com­mu­nity, of­fer­ing a place to go in case of emer­gency.

“One of the peo­ple who spoke at the rally said that he was rid­ing a push­bike and was be­ing ha­rassed by a ve­hi­cle that was fol­low­ing him,” she said.

“He rode his push­bike as fast as he could to Ar­madale Po­lice Sta­tion think­ing ‘well there will be some­one here 24 hours a day’, which they weren’t, and he was quite dis­tressed about that.

“The South East Metropoli­tan district is the big­gest and most de­mand­ing of the ar­eas; for it to strug­gle with just one 24-hour sta­tion in Cannington has not been a proper ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.”

The boost to Ar­madale Po­lice Sta­tion’s hours is ac­com­pa­nied by $800,451 in fund­ing for the Ar­madale Youth In­ter­ven­tion Project, aimed at re­duc­ing ju­ve­nile crime.

Work­ers from Save the Chil­dren Aus­tralia will con­tinue en­gag­ing with some of the area’s most vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple to pro­vide sup­port and break the cycle of re­of­fend­ing.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Gary Budge, of­fi­cer-in-charge Glenn Spencer and Su­per­in­ten­dent Brad Sor­rell.

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