Cops make meal of re­sponse

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

CLARE­MONT Mayor Jock Barker says bashed Cottes­loe res­i­dents who waited about two hours and 45 min­utes for po­lice could have been pro­tected if the long-de­layed western sub­urbs po­lice hub had been built.

“With­out a doubt this in­ci­dent shows we need that hub for the po­lice, as it ap­pears po­lice resources are spread thinly across the metropoli­tan area,” Mr Barker said.

In 2010, Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett an­nounced that a $28 mil­lion Clare­mont po­lice hub would be com­pleted in 2014 but af­ter State Gov­ern­ment cut­backs, May’s Bud­get in­cluded $5.6 mil­lion in 2017-18 and $8.9 mil­lion in 2018-19.

Some po­lice and res­i­dents have blamed slow re­sponses on the in­tro­duc­tion last year of a UK-sourced polic­ing model that heav­ily re­duced of­fi­cers at Cottes­loe and Wem­b­ley po­lice sta­tions, leav­ing re­sponses to their emer­gen­cies to come from Perth and Mirra­booka.

About 9pm last Mon­day, about nine peo­ple bashed Gavin Ro­drigues (50) for 20 min­utes, hit his girl­friend, trashed a new car and dam­aged a Curtin Av­enue house where their din­ner party, in­clud­ing three peo­ple aged in their 70s, was be­ing held.

Din­ner guests hid­ing in the house made mul­ti­ple calls to WA Po­lice’s communications cen­tre in Mid­land but the first of­fi­cers ar­rived from Mirra­booka about 12.15am.

The at­tack­ers hit Denyse Ro­drigues and she said po­lice later told her they did not want pub­lic­ity about the de­lay be­cause it would high­light their re­sponses may not be as fast as crim­i­nals would ex­pect in an emer­gency.

“We ac­knowl­edge er­rors were made, and we are tak­ing steps to ad­dress those er­rors to im­prove the re­sponse to fu­ture in­ci­dents,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Al­lan Adam said.

Supt Adam said the re­sponse to calls from the vic­tims would be re­viewed, in­clud­ing if po­lice from other ar­eas could have been sent, but it was a “busy” night that grew from 39 in­ci­dents about 9pm to more than 50 about mid­night.

“We have a flex­i­ble polic­ing model which al­lows for cross-dis­trict re­source de­ploy­ments, and this is some­thing that will be looked at closely to en­sure those resources are be­ing made avail­able when needed.”

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