Sta­tion opens up to public

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

EV­ERY po­lice of­fi­cer un­der­stands there are risks as­so­ci­ated with the job and that is why WA Po­lice Le­gacy plays such an im­por­tant role in the com­mu­nity.

In recog­ni­tion of their fallen com­rades, Kens­ing­ton Po­lice Sta­tion will open its doors to the public for the first time with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The open day will be the first chance for the public to view the sta­tion, which re­ceived two awards last year for ex­cel­lence in serv­ing the com­mu­nity.

On dis­play will be the Po­lice Dog Squad, the mounted sec­tion, dis­plays by the Tac­ti­cal Re­sponse Group, and the WA Po­lice Pipe Band and a host of ac­tiv­i­ties for the kids.

Manager of WA Po­lice Le­gacy Jill Wil­loughby said the or­gan­i­sa­tion re­ceives no gov­ern­ment fund­ing and has re­lied heav­ily on the sup­port of the com­mu­nity since its in­cep­tion in 1992.

“WA Pol­icy Le­gacy pro­vides edu- cation grants, lap­tops, birth­day and Christ­mas gifts, coun­selling, fi­nan­cial guid­ance and sup­port to fallen of­fi­cer’s fam­i­lies,” she said.

“Many peo­ple will re­mem­ber WA De­tec­tive Sergeant Ge­off Bowen who died when a let­ter bomb ex­ploded in the Ade­laide of­fice of the Na­tional Crime Author­ity build­ing in 1994.

“Ge­off left be­hind a young widow, Jane and two small boys, one of whom is now a serv­ing po­lice of­fi­cer at Kens­ing­ton sta­tion,” she said.

Le­gacy cur­rently sup­ports 438 peo­ple, which in­cludes 382 wid­ows, three wid­ow­ers and 53 chil­dren.

Po­lice bears will be on sale.

Of­fi­cers from Kens­ing­ton Po­lice Sta­tion with the po­lice bears that will be on sale at the open day.

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