Agen­cies, MP ride with cops

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

Po­lice and State Govern­ment agen­cies have joined forces to crack­down to pre­vent crime in Roe­bourne.

Joint pa­trols by po­lice and se­nior staff from the Depart­ment for Child Pro­tec­tion and Fam­ily Sup­port re­gional of­fice have be­come a reg­u­lar fea­ture of Fri­day nights in Roe­bourne in re­cent months, and have more re­cently been joined by lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Hous­ing Author­ity.

They are be­ing car­ried out as part of WA Po­lice Op­er­a­tion Dou­ble Shot, tar­get­ing bur­glar­ies, thefts, prop­erty dam­age and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in the Pil­bara Dis­trict.

Roe­bourne po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Se­nior Sergeant Gemma Hen­ni­gan said there had been a mixed re­sponse to the pa­trols from com­mu­nity mem­bers so far but agen­cies in­volved had found them ben­e­fi­cial.

“The com­mu­nity are now aware that as govern­ment agen­cies we all work to­gether, we com­mu­ni­cate and we col­lab­o­rate. So what we do as po­lice, the Depart­ment for Child Pro­tec­tion and Depart­ment of Hous­ing know about,” she said.

“I think it’s im­por­tant that other agen­cies see what is oc­cur­ring after hours and we can then work to­gether to more ef­fec­tively ad­dress some of these com­plex is­sues.”

Depart­ment for Child Pro­tec­tion and Fam­ily Sup­port staff are in­volved to ad­dress the prob­lem of ju­ve­nile of­fend­ers who Sen. Sgt Hen­ni­gan said made up a big pro­por­tion of the crimes tar­geted.

DCPFS di­rec­tor-gen­eral Emma White said the joint pa­trols stream­lined their work in Roe­bourne to ben­e­fit lo­cal chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

“Re­duc­ing crime and in­creas­ing safety of chil­dren and sup­port­ing fam­i­lies who are in cri­sis or not cop­ing is the goal of these pa­trols,” she said.

Sen. Sgt Hen­ni­gan said po­lice in­tended to re­view the joint pa­trols ini­tia­tive when Op­er­a­tion Dou­ble Shot fin­ished at the end of this month in the hopes they might con­tinue af­ter­wards.

More re­cently, Hous­ing Author­ity se­nior staff and Pil­bara MLA Bren­don Grylls have joined sev­eral pa­trols.

Hous­ing Author­ity di­rec­tor-gen­eral Paul Whyte said they helped staff to mon­i­tor dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour in govern­ment-owned prop­er­ties first-hand and de­velop an early re­sponse.

“As the ma­jor­ity of dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour oc­curs out­side of reg­u­lar hours, it en­ables us to ad­dress the dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour at the time it’s hap­pen­ing, rather than deal­ing with com­plaints from neigh­bours in the fol­low­ing days,” he said.

Mr Whyte said the ride-alongs had al­ready pro­duced re­sults for them as two prop­er­ties of­ten-vis­ited by po­lice had since ap­plied to be­come liquor-re­stricted.

Mr Grylls was in­vited to join a pa­trol on Fri­day, May 30.

“It doesn’t hurt to get a per­spec­tive as to what is hap­pen­ing after hours,” he said.

“I’ve got great re­spect for the po­lice and that was jus­ti­fied in see­ing some of the things they need to deal with.”

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