Faster police response expected
MOSMAN Park Mayor Brett Pollock says the public may get quicker police response times now his suburb, Cottesloe and Peppermint Grove are in a new Fremantle-based police district.
The new district was announced by Commissioner Chris Dawson last week and will established after July 1 .
“It will give us quicker response times. That’s the idea,” Mr Pollock said.
Mr Pollock said he did not fear a lack of police if local officers had to go to Fremantle because a similar situation occurred in the previous four-district structure when some came from Perth but could have also been sent “as far as Welshpool”.
The restructure involved the three western suburbs leaving a Perthbased police district.
They were moved to the Perthbased district as part of former commissioner Karl O’callaghan’s now scrapped Frontline 2020 program that put the Cottesloe station in a Mirrabooka-based zone after 2014.
In 2015, residents at a Curtin Avenue, Cottesloe, dinner party were bashed by a group of people while officers took two hours and 45 minutes to attend. Police later said they were dealing with multiple calls about the group and moved Cottesloe to the closer Perth district a year later.
Mr Dawson’s spokeswoman said there would be no changes at Cottesloe police station, which currently has just several officers, and it was anticipated the restructure would improve the three suburbs’ response times because they were closer to Fremantle than Perth or Wembley.
Frontline 2020’s split of officers into roving teams of first responders and local teams following up incidents later will be reversed and the two roles merged.
“Officers will be working in teams under the leadership of their local officer-in-charge and it is expected there will be a stronger local focus on local issues with the officer in charge of the station working directly with the community to deliver a quality policing service,” the spokeswoman said.