Marchers call for police 24/7

The gathering in Armadale.
The gathering in Armadale.

Organiser Armadale MLA Tony Buti invited Police Minister Liza Harvey and Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan, who did not attend.

‘Armadale is a regional centre, with an ever-growing community, and must have its own district policing hub,’ Dr Buti said.

‘Local people are sick and tired of slow after-hours response times with police attending from Cannington. I believe that it is the delay in police responses that has lifted the local crime rate.’

A spokeswoman for the Commissioner said to open the Armadale Police Station after business hours would take police off the road to carry out admin- istrative duties.

‘Physically keeping the station open would serve no benefit to the community,’ she said.

Most people needing police help called 131 444 which ensured the nearest vehicle was sent, rather than the first available vehicle from a local station, she said.