MP seeks answers on police staffing
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.”
Adrian Richardson with the broom bush for the Perth Stadium.