Cottes­loe po­lice in merger

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

PO­LICE have cited low crime rates in Cottes­loe to jus­tify merg­ing the sub­urb’s po­lice sta­tion with Wem­b­ley po­lice sta­tion from July 4.

As first re­ported on com­mu­ni­ au, Cottes­loe Po­lice Sta­tion will move from the Mirra­booka-based North West Met­ro­pol­i­tan district to the Perth-com­manded Cen­tral Met­ro­pol­i­tan District.

“For­tu­nately, Cottes­loe con­tin­ues to be an area of low de­mand in terms of crime and it has been deter­mined this new ar­range­ment pro­vides a bet­ter de­mand mix across the dis­tricts,” a po­lice spokesman said.

The spokesman said this would mean fas­tre­sponse of­fi­cers would now come from Perth, but Cottes­loe po­lice sta­tion would re­main open to the pub­lic in busi­ness hours and there would be no re­duc­tion in ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

Be­cause of next month’s changes, the com­mand­ing senior sergeant at Cottes­loe will be re­moved and the sta­tion’s re­main­ing 11 of­fi­cers will join the ros­ter at Wem­b­ley sta­tion.

Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins said the loss of the senior sergeant was dis­ap­point­ing be­cause the coun­cil had an ex­cel­lent re­la­tion­ship with the sta­tion’s com­mand.

How­ever, she agreed putting Cottes­loe in the cen­tral district could re­sult in quicker re­sponse times by the mo­bile pa­trols from Perth.

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