Positive feedback

‘The feedback that I receive from the community and police are that they believe these patrols are extremely effective in reducing crime, increasing safety and uniting indigenous and non-indigenous members of our community,’ he said.

Mr Wyatt said strong campaigning in the State election for more patrols secured extra State Government funds.

The patrol had extended to the northern and south-eastern corridors, which got one bus each, because of a one-off funding allocation from the State Government.

Funding to continue this extension is being considered for the next State Budget, due on August 8.

The patrol ran a second south-eastern bus for a year, with money from a State Attorney-General’s Department criminal property confiscation grant.

The department last week announced the next round of the program open, but Nyoongar Patrol chief executive Maria McAtackney said projects that had already benefited could not apply again.

Councils and not-for-profit organisations can apply to fund their projects to prevent or reduce drug-related crime, drug abuse, support crime victims or aid law enforcement.