Crime on decrease following operation

Morley police officers and City of Stirling security guards developed Operation Chickpea earlier this year to stamp out illicit drug taking and disorderly behaviour in the area.

Snr Sgt Livingstone said the behaviour was a serious concern because it caused issues for local residents and disrupted sporting activities.

‘With the drug use, not only the welfare of the people taking the drugs is a concern but that of the general public, as used syringes have been discarded in the park and close to play areas,’ he said.

‘Drugs are very dangerous for your own and others health, any information in regards to drugs should be reported to Crime Stoppers or police, anti-social behaviour should be reported also, as the community should be able to enjoy time at the reserves and/or sporting functions without needless noise or criminal acts.’

Since the operation was enforced, Snr Sgt Livingstone said there had been a reduction in anti-social behaviour and a safer environment for the public to use the facilities.

‘A large number of vehicle and person checks in the location were done with a number of smoking implements, a quantity of cannabis and some tablets seized,’ he said.

‘Fourteen people were charged for possessing a prohibited drug, possessing a prohibited implement, possessing an illicit drug and some driving offences.’

Snr Sgt Livingstone said City of Stirling and Morley police officers would continue to work together in targeting the reserve with regular patrols, sharing of information and continuing with existing strategies that are in place, as well as reacting to any information given by the community if problems occur again.