Re­struc­ture ex­pands po­lice pres­ence in Yanchep sub-district

Of­fi­cers will get to know the com­mu­nity and the com­mu­nity will more read­ily recog­nise the of­fi­cers. This is the clos­est thing to coun­try polic­ing within the metropoli­tan area.

North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

YANCHEP po­lice sta­tion has its first Se­nior Sergeant.

Ben Huggett took up the po­si­tion last week fol­low­ing WA Po­lice’s lat­est metropoli­tan re­struc­ture, which has in­creased staff num­bers in the Yanchep sub-district.

Snr Sgt Huggett has worked in a va­ri­ety of roles since join­ing WA Po­lice 22 years ago, most re­cently running the Joon­dalup re­sponse team.

Sergeant Chris Wride re­mains at the sta­tion he took charge of 18 months ago, joined by Sergeant Andy Abel, who spent the past four of his 14 years with WA Po­lice at the Clark­son sta­tion.

Snr Sgt Huggett said the re­struc­ture and ad­di­tional of­fi­cers at Yanchep would in­crease the sta­tion’s ca­pac­ity to serve the com­mu­nity.

“With the in­creased num­bers, the great thing is we will be able to work more closely with the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“There are a lot of ben­e­fits – one of the great things about the change is that we will have the same peo­ple re­spond­ing to calls from the pub­lic as will be do­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“Of­fi­cers will get to know the com­mu­nity and the com­mu­nity will more read­ily recog­nise the of­fi­cers.”

Snr Sgt Huggett said the growth of the sub-district, which now cov­ers Now­er­gup as well as Alki­mos, Cara­booda, Eglin­ton, Two Rocks and Yanchep, posed both chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“This is the clos­est thing to coun­try polic­ing within the metropoli­tan area,” he said.

“We will cer­tainly be tar­get­ing il­licit drug use and vol­ume crime.

“Fam­ily vi­o­lence, like ev­ery­where else, is an is­sue.

“A lot of time and re­sources is spent re­spond­ing to fam­ily vi­o­lence.”

Open­ing hours at the Yanchep Beach Road sta­tion will con­tinue to be 8am to 4pm, Mon­day to Friday.

The near­est 24-hour sta­tion is Joon­dalup.

d485245 Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

Sgt Andy Abel, Snr Sgt Ben Huggett and Sgt Chris Wride at the Yanchep po­lice sta­tion.

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