Fight over po­lice re­sources

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

BEL­MONT MLA Glenys God­frey says La­bor's elec­tion prom­ise to ex­tend open­ing hours at Bel­mont po­lice sta­tion will take much-needed po­lice off the streets.

LA­BOR’s elec­tion prom­ise to ex­tend open­ing hours at Bel­mont po­lice sta­tion will take much-needed po­lice off the streets, ac­cord­ing to Bel­mont MLA Glenys God­frey.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Mark McGowan an­nounced that if it won the March elec­tion, a La­bor gov­ern­ment would ex­tend hours at the sta­tion un­til 7pm.

Mrs God­frey has ac­cused past and present La­bor can­di­dates of mis­lead­ing the pub­lic by sug­gest­ing Bel­mont po­lice of­fi­cers only worked 8am to 4pm be­cause it was not a 24/7 po­lice sta­tion.

“In re­al­ity, Bel­mont al­ready has a 24hour po­lice ser­vice,” she said.

“Po­lice of­fi­cers op­er­ate out of the Bel­mont po­lice sta­tion 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“For the last four years at ev­ery elec­tion – Fed­eral, State or even lo­cal gov­ern­ment – La­bor can­di­dates have called for the Bel­mont po­lice sta­tion to be open 24/7 as if a front counter ser­vice would mag­i­cally fix all crime is­sues in the elec­torate.”

La­bor can­di­date for Bel­mont and Bel­mont Com­mu­nity Group pres­i­dent-Cassie Rowe said Bel­mont res­i­dents had con­tin­u­ally voiced con­cerns over the lack of po­lice re­sources in the com­mu­nity and wanted a more vis­i­ble po­lice pres­ence.

“The Lib­er­als have done noth­ing to ad­dress soar­ing crime rates in our lo­cal area. Their model has failed and the lo­cal com­mu­nity has lost con­fi­dence in their abil­ity to tackle crime,” she said.

She said La­bor would be in­creas­ing lo­cal po­lice re­sourc­ing to Bel­mont.

“I will con­tinue to fight for more re­sources to ad­dress the un­prece­dented crime spike that has oc­curred un­der the Bar­nett Lib­eral gov­ern­ment,” she said.

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