Extra police to boost safety
Rockingham Police Station will be boosted with 21 new officers after Premier Mark McGowan announced extra funding for the area on Friday.
The officers will join the Rockingham Response team in a bid to enhance police presence in Perth’s south, alleviate pressure and improve response times.
The team will also support other policing units to manage out-ofcontrol gatherings and respond to major incidents.
Mr McGowan said highly visible police patrols throughout the district would help prevent and deter crime.
“I’m pleased there is a stronger police presence and a welcomed boost to public safety in the Rockingham area,” he said.
“Western Australian crime statistics have surged to unprecedented levels in recent years, with 2015-16 recorded as the worst year in crime under the LiberalNational Government.
“We’ve always been committed to making sure people feel safe in their own homes and communities. Keeping police stations open and increasing police visibility means the community members have access to support as required.
“Police officers have the important job of responding to community needs, reducing crime, delivering better response times and bringing more offenders to justice and the State Government will continue to support them to fulfil their duties.”
Mr McGowan said the Govern- ment had also introduced tougher laws for methamphetamine traffickers to deal with the State’s “serious drug scourge”.
The announcement also comes as the Government unveils a specialised taskforce as part of the Methamphetamine Action Plan.
Six members have been added to the taskforce including WA Police Assistant Commissioner Michelle Fyfe.
The plan focuses on three equal pillars of prevention, protection and prosecution, and aims to better support communities and families impacted by the devastat- ing effects and flow-on effects of methamphetamine use. Adopting a cross-government approach, the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce includes drug experts and community leaders in the fields of social and community services, health, education, drug research and policing.
Supt Andy Russell, Cdr Alan Morton, Premier Mark McGowan, Assistant Commissioner Gary Budge and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby outside Rockingham Police Station.