Cops reach out over booze

Pilbara News - - News - Ni­cola Kal­mar

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.

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