Police blitz arrests crime

Police media officer Joshua Marshall-Clarke films Armadale officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant John Bouwman with some of the items seized or recovered during the operation. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d405812
Police media officer Joshua Marshall-Clarke films Armadale officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant John Bouwman with some of the items seized or recovered during the operation. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d405812

Deputy Police Commissioner Chris Dawson last week released results of the South East Metropolitan Police District operation. It resulted in almost 1000 charges, more than 100 vehicle seizures and a reduction of crime in and around Armadale.

In May, 40 police officers were brought in to help fight crime, including those from the mounted section, Perth bike team, and specialist units including Traffic Enforcement Group, Regional Operations Group and Dog Squad.

Mr Dawson said the results were outstanding. ‘It clearly is one of the areas that will continue to receive high attention of policing,’ he said.

‘I’m very conscious though that some may think that once this operation is completed it’s going to revert back to a pattern of what they may have perhaps been unhappy with before.

‘We have put extra resources in there. They will stay there and will continue to concentrate efforts to address community concerns.’

He also said improvements would be made to Armadale police station to accommodate the extra staff.

‘It is over $100,000 worth of extra work that is required but we anticipate that it will be completed by November.’

Reported offences for the last six weeks of Operation Carambola dropped by 11.3 per cent.

Mr Dawson said a similar police effort ” called Operation Esteem ” started in the Peel district on Monday, August 12.