Po­lice back in town


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Su­sanne Reilly

HOONS, graf­fiti artists and those par­tic­i­pat­ing in anti-so­cial behaviour be warned: Kens­ing­ton is back in town and will be fo­cus­ing on you.

From Mon­day, Kens­ing­ton Lo­cal Po­lice Team 3 will sur­ren­der Bur­swood to the Cen­tral Metropoli­tan district and take over the polic­ing du­ties of Lath­lain and Carlisle from Bel­mont.

Kens­ing­ton Se­nior Sergeant Ash Goy said the team would be tar­get­ing an­ti­so­cial behaviour, which he said had always been an is­sue in the area.

Be­fore the trial of the new po­lice op­er­at­ing model in Novem­ber last year, Lath­lain and Carlisle were a part of Kens­ing­ton’s sub-district, so the of­fi­cers are familiar with the area.

Snr Sgt Goy said it would give the team a chance to go back to com­mu­nity polic­ing rather than polic­ing an en­ter­tain­ment district where most of­fences were as­saults.

Their first pri­or­ity was to start door knock­ing to get to know lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses, as well as schools, play­groups and com­mu­nity groups.

“This gives us a chance to re­claim the two sub­urbs,” Snr Sgt Goy said.

Snr Sgt Goy said they would also be in­creas­ing the po­lice pres­ence in the area to de­ter would-be of­fend­ers.

“If the trou­ble-mak­ers are com­ing in on the trains and they see the po­lice, they would not get off and would just keep car­ry­ing on their way,” he said.

The team will be tar­get­ing the train line and will be tak­ing their ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge gained from work­ing at Bur­swood train sta­tion.

He said ar­eas that had been prob­lem spots be­fore, such as the Red Cas­tle site, had been ad­dressed and they would shift their fo­cus to con­gre­ga­tion ar­eas at the bot­tom end of Lath­lain, such as peo­ple mov­ing on from a 24-hour deli or bar on Great East­ern High­way.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

1st Class Con­sta­ble John Mackey, Con­sta­ble Shaun Ma­ha­gan, Sgt Roy Ge­orge (at front), Con­sta­ble Emily Hal­l­i­day, Con­sta­ble Brodie Ger­rans and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Atul Sax­ena at the Oats Street train sta­tion.

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