Officer-in-charge Senior-Sergeant John Bouwman said Local Policing Team 4 began an operation to examine possible links between the sudden swell.
Sgt Bouwman said the team, responsible for Roleystone, Seville Grove, Bedfordale, Karragullen and Mt Nasura as well as Mt Richon, searched several properties before laying charges. He said since then the flow of reports had dried up.
The Frontline 2020 policing method uses the local team concept.
The trial separates police officers into four groups: command, charged with triaging calls and organising police responses, the second, investigative detective teams and the third, response teams to attend urgent calls.
The fourth, local teams, is theoretically freed from the pressures of this reactive responding in order to follow leads based on intimate community knowledge.
Each district’s station (Kensington, Belmont, Gosnells, Cannington, Canning Vale and Armadale) has about four such teams, each responsible for a handful of suburbs.
Each team is available to residents through a dedicated mobile number published on the WA Police website.
Team 4’s mobile number is 0417 533 209. Mundijong station is part of the Peel policing district and not part of the trial.
A homeless man (39) is in custody and due for a third appearance in Armadale Magistrates Court on February 18
Charges include stealing a vehicle, criminal damage, possessing drugs and stolen property, fraud, breaching bail
A Huntingdale man (28) is on bail and due for a fourth appearance in Armadale Magistrates Court on March 4
Charges include gaining benefit by fraud, receiving stolen property, breaching bail, possessing drug paraphernalia
A Brookdale woman (35) is on bail for a second appearance in Armadale Magistrates Court February 18
Charges include gaining benefit by fraud, receiving stolen property, possessing stolen property
A Brookdale man (31) appeared in Armadale Magistrates Court on January 17 and was found guilty of possessing a prohibited weapon. He was fined $246.90 and ordered to destroy the weapon