Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

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.

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