Ma­can­der trans­fers, Wride in

North Coast Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

SERGEANT Chris Wride has taken charge of Yanchep Po­lice Sta­tion, re­plac­ing Sgt Ja­son Ma­can­der.

Af­ter three-and-a-half years at the sub­ur­ban out­post, Sgt Ma­can­der has trans­ferred to a de­tec­tive role in Wan­neroo.

Sgt Wride left Wan­neroo Po­lice af­ter a two-and-a-half-year stint, where he ran the local polic­ing team for Lands­dale and Darch, to join Yanchep in early Jan­uary.

“My first post as a con­sta­ble was at the old Two Rocks Po­lice Sta­tion,” he said.

“The place was much smaller. You drove up Wan­neroo Road; there was no Marmion Av­enue.”

Be­fore join­ing WA Po­lice 20 years ago, Sgt Wride spent fourand-a-half years in the army, and worked as a car­tog­ra­pher mak­ing maps in the ex­plo­ration in­dus­try.

His po­lice ca­reer has in­cluded posts in Northam, Merredin, Parabur­doo, Mar­ble Bar, with the Re­gional Op­er­a­tions Group and as an East Met­ro­pol­i­tan Traf­fic crash in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

The Yanchep sub-district cov­ers Alki­mos, Cara­booda, Eglin­ton and Two Rocks, as well as Yanchep.

“The Alki­mos area is our big­gest crime wave area, mainly be­cause it is next to the main met­ro­pol­i­tan area, near But­ler and Clark­son,” Sgt Wride said.

De­spite the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion, he said the crime sta­tis­tics had dropped 6.6 per cent this year to date com­pared to the same pe­riod last year.

“We’ve seen de­creas­ing crime this year and an in­crease in sanc­tion rates,” he said.

Sgt Wride said one of the main is­sues in the area was do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, with the sanc­tion rate see­ing po­lice lay­ing charges in 29 per cent of do­mes­tic as­saults in the area.

“It’s not where we want it to be at; the re­quire­ment for the Gov­ern­ment is 60 per cent,” he said.

Ex­pect­ing sta­tion ex­pan­sion works to start in Fe­bru­ary, Sgt Wride said ini­tial con­struc­tion would take place off­site.

“This sta­tion will dou­ble in size,” he said. “The sta­tion will be ex­panded to ac­com­mo­date up to 40 of­fi­cers for fu­ture growth.”

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Sergeant Chris Wride.

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