JUST MAKING MATTERS WORSE
I HAVE just read the very disappointing news about the closure of Cockburn police station, Action stations, Gazette, October 18.
What a disservice to the local community, a total lack of consideration to local taxpayers, local residents and the business community.
I presented petitions, totalling 2500 signatures from local residents and businesses, to Cockburn City Council, and of those signatures 1200 were presented to the Upper House of Parliament.
I am of the view the Cockburn City Council, apart from a few meetings with the district superintendent, have done nothing to stop this closure.
The council has known about the proposed closure for a few years.
I am also of the view that local MP Fran Logan has done little to reverse the closure.
The location of the new police headquarters is 7km further east of all the new developments.
Over 400 new homes are been established in an area bounded by Mell, Hamilton, Ocean and Entrance roads, which will bring in more than 1000 new residents, and all the headaches that go with it.
I appreciate the difficulties officers are facing as the ratio of officers to the community is getting far too great.
The establishment of a police centre at Cockburn Central is long overdue, but that does not necessitate the closure of the local police station.
In a very short space of time, there will be complaints about the time it takes for officers to attend.
Police closed the Traffic offices in Bibra Lake and Rockingham and moved those operations to Forrestfield.
In the Coogee, Spearwood areas, there has been an unlicensed trail bike rider in the areas after midnight and this has been going for some time, but local police are unable to stop this occurring, even when brought to the attention of officers from local stations when attending the Neighbourhood Watch meeting.
The officers have other more important priorities, all because of the shortage of police officers.
So the closure of Cockburn Police Station will only make matters worse.
RAY WOODCOCK, Spearwood.