Po­lice prom­ise big crack­down on crime

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

WA PO­LICE will sat­u­rate Perth sub­urbs in a bid to crack down on crime across the city.

Depart­ing from tra­di­tion, po­lice will run a com­bined Christ­mas and sum­mer cam­paign from now un­til the end of Fe­bru­ary.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Karl O’Cal­laghan said Oper­a­tion Cel­sius would in­volve mul­ti­ple po­lice di­vi­sions work­ing to­gether.

In Beel­iar re­cently, traf­fic po­lice – col­lab­o­rat­ing with gen­eral duty of­fi­cers and sup­ported by an au­to­matic num­ber plate recog­ni­tion cam­era and a booze bus – tested pass­ing mo­torists while just a few kilo­me­tres away, meth teams were kick­ing in doors.

Among the dis­cov­er­ies found by po­lice ex­e­cut­ing search war­rants were firearms and a clan­des­tine drug lab.

“This is go­ing to be the pat­tern for the whole sum­mer – com­bined oper­a­tions, sat­u­rat­ing sub­urbs and fo­cus­ing on all types of of­fences,” the Com­mis­sioner said.

“We’re not just look­ing at traf­fic of­fences.

“We’re try­ing to get on top of the crime spikes we see some­times in our sum­mer pe­riod.”

The Com­mis­sioner said the strat­egy, which in­volves the big­gest col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween units WA Po­lice has seen for some time, would ro­tate through sub­urbs Karl O’Cal­laghan. “all around the metropoli­tan area”.

“We’re in Beel­iar today. We’ll be in an­other sub­urb to­mor­row,” he said.

Ar­te­rial roads out of Perth will be mon­i­tored, par­tic­u­larly over the Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey said of­fi­cers would also utilise re­cent leg­is­la­tion changes over the com­ing months.

Among the changes are harsher penal­ties tied to graf­fiti and out-of-con­trol par­ties, and the in­tro­duc­tion of al­co­hol in­ter­locks,

WA po­lice meth teams have also been boosted with ex­tra in­ter­preters, le­gal of­fi­cers and in­tel­li­gence an­a­lysts work­ing to stop the sup­ply of the drugs into the state.

“Po­lice will have all of those tools at their dis­posal to re­ally crack down on vol­ume crime, anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and un­law­ful driv­ing ac­tiv­ity,” the min­is­ter said.

Po­lice man a booze bus on Beel­iar Drive last week.

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