New sta­tion for Kens­ing­ton po­lice

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Bron­wyn Dono­van

THE Kens­ing­ton De­tec­tive’s of­fice has moved as part of the re­cent re­struc­ture of met­ro­pol­i­tan po­lice dis­tricts.

The de­tec­tives were in Kens­ing­ton since July 2010 but last month moved to Can­ning­ton po­lice sta­tion on Al­bany High­way, in line with the new Can­ning­ton dis­trict hub.

Of­fi­cer-in-charge Tom Tris­tram said the move en­sured a timely re­sponse to se­ri­ous crime as the new ac­com­mo­da­tion was cen­trally lo­cated within their dis­trict, which cov­ered sub­urbs in the cities of South Perth, Belmont, Can­ning­ton and parts of Melville and the Town of Vic­to­ria Park.

In April, Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Chris Dawson an­nounced a sig­nif­i­cant op­er­a­tional re­struc­ture of the WA Po­lice Force that would in­clude four dis­tricts be­ing in­creased to eight.

The new Can­ning­ton dis­trict split off from Ar­madale in what was pre­vi­ously the South East Met­ro­pol­i­tan Dis­trict.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said dou­bling the num­ber of dis­tricts short­ened re­sponse times.

“One of the other prob­lems of the old model is it ef­fec­tively broke the po­lice in half, with half the of­fi­cers do­ing lo­cal polic­ing and the other half part of re­sponse teams,” she said.

“Re­sponse times blew out and some­times peo­ple were trav­el­ling from one part of the metro area to the other for in­di­vid­ual re­sponses.”

Can­ning­ton dis­trict su­per­in­ten­dent Greg Knott said as Ar­madale had be­come a polic­ing dis­trict in its own right, Can­ning­ton staff could fo­cus more on lo­cal is­sues.

“By re-al­lo­cat­ing some of the sub­urbs amongst our po­lice sta­tions we now have a closer fit with lo­cal gov­ern­ment agen­cies,” he said.

“Each sta­tion is now only deal­ing with two coun­cils, so they will be able to con­cen­trate more on their par­tic­u­lar con­cerns.”

Can­ning­ton dis­trict now also has a ded­i­cated Fam­ily and Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Re­sponse team on site.

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