Locals push for po­lice

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE -

BEL­MONT po­lice sta­tion has ex­tended its open­ing hours on week­days by three hours, in­creas­ing ac­cess to of­fi­cers in re­sponse to crime con­cerns from res­i­dents.

BEL­MONT Po­lice Sta­tion is stay­ing open un­til 7pm on week­days.

The ex­tended open­ing hours be­gan on Mon­day, May 8.

Bel­mont MLA Cassie Rowe, who pre­vi­ously cam­paigned for a 24-hour po­lice sta­tion as the Bel­mont Com­mu­nity Group pres­i­dent, said the longer hours de­liv­ered on an elec­tion prom­ise to the com­mu­nity and are a step in the right direction.

“I will al­ways be fight­ing for more re­sources to tackle crime in our area,” she said. “Ev­ery door I knocked on across the elec­torate, peo­ple nine times out of 10 would say they don’t feel safe in their own home, so I was acutely aware of this is­sue in our own area.”

Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said the ex­tended hours would en­sure the com­mu­nity had greater ac­cess to po­lice ser­vices in-per­son.

“We un­der­stand that for some peo­ple it is dif­fi­cult to visit a po­lice sta­tion be­tween 8am and 4pm,” Ms Roberts said.

Se­nior Sergeant Peter Wool­lons, Su­per­in­ten­dent Brad Sor­rell, Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts and Bel­mont MLA Cassie Rowe.

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