Lo­cal po­lice on call

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

FANCY a chat with your lo­cal po­lice?

They’ve never been so easy to get on the phone, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est statis­tics re­leased by Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey.

Mrs Har­vey an­nounced last week that peo­ple had em­braced the idea of call­ing Lo­cal Polic­ing Teams (LPTs) to dis­cuss crime is­sues in their neigh­bour­hoods, since LPTs were given mo­bile phones nine months ago.

She said in a re­cent re­view con­ducted over six days, mem­bers of the public con­tacted the 148 LPT mo­biles on 472 oc­ca­sions.

“I’m en­cour­aged the public has em­braced the Lo­cal Po­lice Team mo­bile phone ini­tia­tive, which along with grow­ing so­cial me­dia use, is help­ing to build on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween of­fi­cers and their com­mu­nity,” she said.

The min­is­ter praised the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of Lo­cal Po­lice Teams which re­turned 95 per cent of unan­swered calls within 24 hours.

Mrs Har­vey said it was im­por­tant for callers to leave a mes­sage if their call was unan­swered.

A key ini­tia­tive of the Front­line 2020 model was for each LPT to have a mo­bile phone num­ber, en­abling mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to call lo­cal po­lice teams di­rectly.

Mrs Har­vey said LPTs mo­biles were only to dis­cuss non-ur­gent lo­cal is­sues with lo­cal po­lice.

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Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Se­nior Constable Chris Milne, First Class Constable Kath Whit­field and Constable John Thomp­son with the com­mu­nity mo­bile phone.

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