Shake-up for po­lice dis­tricts

Stirling Times - - Street Watch -

SCAR­BOR­OUGH, Mirra­booka, Mor­ley and Bayswa­ter po­lice sta­tions will form the Mirra­booka po­lice district as part of a WA Po­lice re­struc­ture.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Chris Daw­son said the changes would im­prove the way polic­ing ser­vices were de­liv­ered to the com­mu­nity.

The num­ber of po­lice dis­tricts in the metropoli­tan area will in­crease from four to eight smaller, more man­age­able dis­tricts: Perth, Man­durah, Mid­land, Mirra­booka, Joon­dalup, Ar­madale, Can­ning­ton and Fre­man­tle.

Mr Daw­son said the eight dis­tricts would bet­ter align with es­tab­lished lo­cal gov­ern­ment and emer­gency man­age­ment bound­aries.

“The new district struc­ture will pro­vide greater con­nec­tiv­ity and com­mu­ni­ca­tion with po­lice and their lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

“There will be more po­lice of­fi­cers in lo­cal po­lice sta­tions.”

Mr Daw­son also an­nounced the amal­ga­ma­tion of Lo­cal Polic­ing Teams and Re­sponse Teams; these teams will work across the district to sup­port other teams work­ing from po­lice sta­tions.

This new struc­ture will be es­tab­lished by July 1.

Fam­ily and Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Re­sponse Teams will be co-lo­cated in each district and there will be more of­fi­cers ded­i­cated to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

A sergeant and six con­sta­bles will be as­signed to each district to tackle the most se­ri­ous fam­ily vi­o­lence cases.

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