Cops reach out over booze
Police in the Kimberley will be heading out to remote communities as part of a strategy aimed at reducing alcohol-related crime.
The strategy, which will be rolled out over the next 12 months, is one of a number of policies Kimberley District Superintendent Allan Adams said was in the pipeline, with officers set to meet community leaders to help them decide.
“Alcohol across the Kimberley drives a lot of crime, particularly violent crime, antisocial behaviour,” he said.
“It is intimately linked to selfharm in a large number of instances, so we’re looking at a number of strategies to try and reduce the demand for alcohol and the supply. One of those is through liaison with remote communities.”
Communities can request to be made alcohol-free under section 175 of the Liquor Control Act.
According to the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor, there are currently 18 WA communities subject to section 175 liquor bans.
Supt Adams said the policy had been prompted by a need for police to have a clearer direction of where communities wished to go.
“What’s been put to me by my police officers is that we don’t have a comprehensive picture around where communities wish to go with alcohol restrictions in their communities,” he said.