Pur­pose-built polic­ing

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

LO­CAL po­lice have en­joyed their first week at a new pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity in Cock­burn Cen­tral next to the train sta­tion.

Cock­burn po­lice moved into the $21 mil­lion po­lice hub on Link­age Av­enue on Oc­to­ber 24, a day af­ter clos­ing the doors to their for­mer home on Rock­ing­ham Road where they were based for 54 years.

Cock­burn of­fi­cer in charge James Bradley said his team was ex­cited about the move to a new fa­cil­ity.

“Ev­ery­one’s re­ally en­joy­ing it,” he said.

“There was an in­stant ap­pre­ci­a­tion with be­ing able to work in a pur­pose-built space.

“The lo­ca­tion too – be­ing near a ma­jor shop­ping cen­tre and pub­lic trans­port – is good.”

Dur­ing a tour on Fri­day, Jan­dakot MLA and Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices Min­is­ter Joe Fran­cis said the fa­cil­ity ticked “ev­ery sin­gle box”.

“There will al­ways be a need for po­lice. There will al­ways be a need to deal with the com­mu­nity and those in so­ci­ety that don’t want to play by the rules,” he said.

“It’s im­por­tant we have the right amount of re­sources to help po­lice do their job and a fa­cil­ity like this is at the cut­ting edge: it’s got the lat­est, great­est tech­nol­ogy, it’s in the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment, there’s the abil­ity to hold pris­on­ers safely, and it’s a much safer en­vi­ron­ment for po­lice to work in also.”

Snr Sgt Bradley said he was con­fi­dent the com­mu­nity in Cock­burn’s west would not be af­fected by the move.

“Re­sponse times change,” he said.

The new build­ing has en­abled WA Po­lice to con­sol­i­date the Mya­ree-based Dis­trict Man­age­ment Team, a Re­sponse Team from Bi­bra Lake and Cock­burn po­lice sta­tion of­fi­cers on one site. won’t

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