In the South East Metropolitan district, the busiest police district in WA, officer roles have been split into four: a Cannington-based control centre; detective teams in Kensington, Armadale and Cannington; urgent response teams,and local police teams.
The commissioner said local teams would be free from continuous tasking and able to target crime hotspots and families with problems they cannot address at present, such as one Perth family he said had caused 324 calls in one year.
Residents will be able to call their local team directly to speak about local issues, but must still use 000 for emergencies and 131 444 for attendance.
Police numbers in the district have been boosted 8 per cent to ensure optimal staffing levels for the six-month trial.
Mr O’Callaghan said WA Police would conduct changes and assessments over the next year in an attempt to free up enough officers to roll out the model elsewhere.
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