Geraldton to re­ceive po­lice force boost

Geraldton Guardian - - News - David Sal­vaire

Twenty-five front­line po­si­tions have been cre­ated at Geraldton Po­lice Sta­tion as part of an on­go­ing re­gional growth pro­gram.

Ten uni­formed po­lice of­fi­cer posts will be ad­ver­tised for the sta­tion on top of 15 po­si­tions al­ready filled ear­lier this year.

Mid West Gas­coyne District Su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Bell high­lighted an 11 per cent crime drop in Geraldton this year and said he hoped to see that trend con­tinue.

“This is a very ex­cit­ing time for us in­volved in polic­ing Geraldton,” he said. “The ad­di­tional 25 po­si­tions in to­tal sig­nif­i­cantly en­hances our ca­pac­ity to ad­dress safety and se­cu­rity is­sues in both Geraldton and the wider Mid West Gas­coyne Po­lice District.

“Not only will com­mu­nity mem­bers see im­proved ser­vice de­liv­ery in re­sponse to polic­ing is­sues, they will also see more proac­tive op­er­a­tions to pre­vent in­ci­dents of crime oc­cur­ring.”

Three sergeants, 11 con­sta­bles and a foren­sic of­fi­cer joined the Geraldton Po­lice Sta­tion ear­lier this year with a bi­cy­cle pa­trol also rolled out.

Speak­ing in Par­lia­ment re­cently, Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Harvey out­lined a plan to stream­line non-gov­ern­ment sup­port ser­vices in the area to co­in­cide with the num­bers boost.

“WA Po­lice are also work­ing closely with the Geraldton Hu­man Ser­vices Group to de­velop bet­ter align­ment of the 117 non-gov­ern­ment sup­port ser­vices in the area to more ef­fec­tively ad­dress so­cial is­sues,” she said.

Supt Bell, who pre­vi­ously served as of­fi­cer-in-charge of the Geraldton De­tec­tives Of­fice, said the po­si­tions were likely to be filled quickly.

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

Act­ing Sergeant Mike Bick­ford and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Sally Hal­l­i­day take to the streets as part of a new po­lice bi­cy­cle pa­trol.

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