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