Ex­tra po­lice to boost safety

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News -

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.

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

Supt Andy Rus­sell, Cdr Alan Mor­ton, Premier Mark McGowan, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Gary Budge and Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby out­side Rock­ing­ham Po­lice Sta­tion.

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