Police back in town
TEAM TAKES OVER IN LATHLAIN AND CARLISLE
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.
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.