NEWS of the Frontline 2020 policing method now being used in WA has crossed the seas, with a delegation of Malaysian police officers visiting Perth recently to see it in action.
Eight Royal Malaysia Police officers held a 12-day study tour of WA policing locations. It included only one metropolitan station, Gosnells, which was at the heart of the South-East Metropolitan District where the Frontline method was trialled before being expanded.
The visitors discussed how the station dealt with tasks such as rostering, duty assignments and managing vulnerable victims and witnesses.
Other stops included the SouthEast Metropolitan District office in Cannington, Perth Airport, a Wheatbelt station, Joondalup Police Academy, Perth Watch House, the Maylands major incident centre and the police communications centre.
Spokeswoman Sac Dato Shamsiah Bt Mohd Shariff said the fellow officers she had brought with her had all won their places after showing they were from Malaysia’s best-functioning stations.
“This trip will provide our officersin-charge with an opportunity to learn about best practices in community policing, as well as acknowledge and reward them for their performances,” she said.
“It will broaden their perspective; we will be able to adopt some of these and share our experiences with the rest of our personnel in Malaysia.
“We are especially interested in how the performance of police is measured in WA and the new methods of preventing crime, especially the proactive.”
District Inspector Mark Ridley said he had valued the chance to meet the Malaysian delegation and exchange ideas.