POLICE Minister Liza Harvey says a re-elected Liberal-led Government will build a new police station in Forrestfield for $13m.
Speaking outside the old station on Strelitza Road in Forrestfield, Ms Harvey and Forrestfield MLA Nathan Morton said the announcement would significantly boost the number of officers in the area.
“There would be capacity for a further 10 officers at this station if we can resolve the parking issues here which need to be upgraded for more police vehicles,” Ms Harvey said.
“A re-elected Liberal government would offer quicker response times and we have already employed another 1050 police officers in eight years.
“Rebuilding Forrestfield station would add to our significant investment of $400m to rebuild or refurbish police stations across WA.”
Mr Morton said community safety was important to residents in Forrestfield.
“Thanks to Nathan Morton’s campaign on behalf of his community, he has been successful in securing the new $13m police station,” Ms Harvey said.
Mr Morton said the new station would include the highest standard office and meeting areas, charge and interview rooms for processing detainees, storage, staff amenities room, gymnasium and locker facilities.
“This $13m investment is important because when the new Forrestfield Airport Link comes online we will see the community grow and demand on police increase. A new station with 40 officers can manage the crime well in the area,” Mr Morton said.
“WA has some of the toughest sentencing for meth and meth-related crime and our mandatory minimum prison terms for meth dealers mean police know that their hard work pays off in our suburbs.”