Blame game over po­lice de­lay

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick Find - By JON BAS­SETT

THE WA Po­lice Union wants western sub­urbs polic­ing changed. It has crit­i­cised the State Gov­ern­ment for not build­ing the Clare­mont po­lice hub af­ter of­fi­cers took about 2½ hours to get to vic­tims of a Cottes­loe street bash­ing re­cently.

“We be­lieve Cottes­loe should be re­al­lo­cated to the Cen­tral Met­ro­pol­i­tan Dis­trict and be ser­viced by of­fi­cers from the Perth Re­sponse Team, based in North­bridge,” WA Po­lice Union pres­i­dent Ge­orge Til­bury said.

Gavin Ro­drigues, Vanessa Carey and Denyse Ro­drigues were as­saulted by a group of about nine peo­ple for about 20 min­utes out­side Ms Ro­drigues’ Curtin Av­enue home about 9.15pm on Novem­ber 2. Other din­ner guests hid in the house be­fore the po­lice ar­rived about 12.15am.

Mr Til­bury said the de­lay was “com­pletely un­ac­cept­able” but po­lice were un­der “con­stant pres­sure” in the new North West Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Dis­trict be­cause of its “sheer size” from Mos­man Park to Two Rocks and Mor­ley.

In 2010, Premier Colin Bar­nett an­nounced a $28 mil­lion Clare­mont po­lice hub would be fin­ished by 2014 but af­ter cut­backs there was $5.6 mil­lion al­lo­cated in 2017-18 and $8.9 mil­lion for 2018-19 in May’s bud­get.

Mr Til­bury said there was still no mod­ern sta­tion for the western sub­urbs, af­ter the Clare­mont and Su­bi­aco sta­tions were closed, leav­ing the age­ing Cottes­loe and Wem­b­ley sta­tions.

Paramedics were at Ms Ro­drigues’ Curtin Av­enue house within 30 min­utes of be­ing called.

“But when the po­lice called us back they still had my Mel­bourne ad­dress, so there’s definitely some­thing wrong in the call cen­tre if they still had that af­ter all the calls say­ing it was Cottes­loe,” Ms Carey said.

The po­lice de­lay has been blamed on an er­ror at the Mid­land po­lice com­mu­ni­ca­tions cen­tre and a “busy night” of 34-50 po­lice jobs in the NW Met­ro­pol­i­tan Dis­trict, in­clud­ing two ar­rests at Pep­per­mint Grove in­volv­ing peo­ple with a sim­i­lar de­scrip­tion to those at the bash­ing.

Mr Bar­nett said fail­ure of WA Po­lice to at­tend at Cottes­loe within a rea­son­able time was un­ac­cept­able but he had been as­sured steps had been taken to ad­dress the “fail­ings” that occurred that night.

He said WA Po­lice were eval­u­at­ing the scope and lo­ca­tion of the Clare­mont Po­lice hub so the re­quire­ments of the po­lice’s new op­er­at­ing model were met.

There will be an ‘Open In­vi­ta­tion to the Com­mu­nity’ fo­rum fo­cussing on lo­cal crime is­sues and WA’s ap­proach to front­line polic­ing on Mon­day, Novem­ber 23 from 6.30-8pm at the Stir­ling Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Tuart Hill.

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