The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

THE Ellenbrook com­mu­nity will be bet­ter pro­tected un­der a 24hour po­lice station, ac­cord­ing to Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts.

Ms Roberts con­firmed that the station would be open 24/7 to the pub­lic “as soon as pos­si­ble”.

She said po­lice were cur­rently work­ing to en­sure ad­di­tional po­lice of­fi­cers were sta­tioned in Ellenbrook be­fore changes to opening hours could be made.

“Due to a mas­sive growth in pop­u­la­tion and chal­leng­ing de­mands fac­ing Ellenbrook, the com­mu­nity has long been call­ing for the Ellenbrook po­lice station to be open 24/7,” she said.

“It’s about pro­vid­ing the same level of ser­vice and ac­cess to po­lice as in­ner-city ar­eas al­ready have. It will mean peo­ple flee­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, feel­ing threat­ened or in dan­ger can make their way to a 24/7 po­lice station.”

Ms Roberts said the State Gov­ern­ment was hon­our­ing its elec­tion commitment to provide $7 mil­lion of ex­tra fund­ing to WA

Po­lice in the up­com­ing State Bud­get to ex­tend the opening hours of Ellenbrook, Ar­madale and Cock­burn sta­tions.

She said in re­la­tion to re­cent

vi­o­lent events in Ellenbrook, in­clud­ing a stab­bing last week­end, she said it could not pre­vent every crime but more po­lice would mean peo­ple would feel

safer and have di­rect ac­cess if in dan­ger.

“This is a great ini­tia­tive to bet­ter serve the Ellenbrook com­mu­nity. It will give them ac­cess to lo­cal po­lice when they need it,” she said.

WA Po­lice Union pres­i­dent Ge­orge Til­bury said the plan was of con­cern, with 35 po­lice taken off the road to man sta­tions.

“It’s im­por­tant to have 24/7 po­lice in the district, but we can’t have it at the ex­pense of cars on the road,” he said. “It’ll put the pub­lic and mem­bers at risk and cre­ate longer wait times.”

How­ever, Ms Roberts said fund­ing would en­sure ad­di­tional re­sources and bet­ter ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the peo­ple of Ellenbrook and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“Fund­ing will be pro­vided for this commitment and Ge­orge Til­bury’s com­ments have been con­tra­dicted by deputy com­mis­sioner Steve Brown,” she said.

“Lo­cal mem­ber Jessica Shaw strongly ad­vo­cated for a bet­ter re­sponse to Ellenbrook’s com­mu­nity safety is­sues, which were ig­nored for too long.”

Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts (top right) prom­ises that Ellenbrook will have its 24/7 po­lice station ‘soon.’

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