Local Police Teams to Stay in Tact

Police Minister Liza Harvey.
Police Minister Liza Harvey.

POLICE Minister Liza Harvey has confirmed local policing teams will stay intact but from Monday will follow directives from the state control centre to address rising burglary and domestic violence rates in Perth.

This follows an announcement from Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan this morning about changes to his Frontline 2020 model, with more than 700 police officers set to follow commands from the centralised body.

Ms Harvey, who spoke to the Eastern Reporter from Dianella’s Coffee with a Cop event, said intelligence gathered by the state control centre would now be directed towards local police teams rather than solely response team.

“The teams are staying intact but what will happen is the state control centre… will be bit more directed in directing the local policing teams to hotspots for burglaries, domestic violence and theft, which are the three key areas we’ve seen increase with our crime stats compared to last year,” she said.

“We want more of a focus on volume crime to try and drive down those rates further.”

However, Ms Harvey said the local policing model, which was rolled out in December 2014, was successful in dealing with houses that attract police attention.

“At the moment in every district police officers are attending 30 or so homes, everyone knows who they are, they’re usually the problem house on the street, there’s usually a dozen half-wrecked cars on the front lawn, people coming and going,” she said.

“So in keeping pressure on them you actually get a better outcome.

“We’re not going to abandon that, that will still form part of the LPT function, but at the moment we need to address those burglary and domestic violence rates.”

Late last year WA Police released findings from a review of the Frontline 2020 model, which highlighted fatigue issues among officers.