Faster po­lice re­sponse ex­pected

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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