MP seeks an­swers on po­lice staffing

Narrogin Observer - - Observer News - Laura Gru­bisa

Mem­ber for Roe Peter Run­dle MLA is de­mand­ing an­swers af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment re­fused to con­firm whether it would re­tain at least two sworn of­fi­cers at coun­try po­lice sta­tions.

Mr Run­dle con­fronted Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts in Par­lia­ment last week about La­bor’s plans for re­gional po­lice re­sourc­ing.

“The min­is­ter was asked specif­i­cally if she would pro­vide ad­e­quate re­sourc­ing for coun­try sta­tions, in­clud­ing re­tain­ing at least two sworn of­fi­cers at each lo­ca­tion, and she re­fused to di­rectly ad­dress the ques­tion,” he said.

“It ap­pears we are heading back to the dark old days of the pre­vi­ous La­bor gov­ern­ment where it shut six coun­try po­lice sta­tions across re­gional WA, in­clud­ing three in the elec­torate of Roe.”

Sta­tions in Wick­epin, Dum­b­leyung and Cranbrook were shut in 2007, but were later re­opened by the Lib­eral-Na­tional Gov­ern­ment.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said she was dis­ap­pointed Mr Run­dle had cho­sen to en­gage in “scare­mon­ger­ing and cheap pol­i­tics”.

“There is no sug­ges­tion any sta­tions in WA are clos­ing and his claims are with­out foun­da­tion,” she said.

“The Mem­ber for Roe has a lot to learn as a new mem­ber of Par­lia­ment.”

“I am al­ways very keen to sup­port re­gional polic­ing and our re­gional po­lice of­fi­cers, who do an out­stand­ing job in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.”

Pic­ture: Saskia Adysti

Adrian Richard­son with the broom bush for the Perth Sta­dium.

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