The new State Operations Command Centre in the Maylands Incident Control Centre will serve as a “nerve centre” for 15 police districts across WA, according to Police Minister Michelle Roberts.
Ms Roberts and Police Commissioner Chris Dawson officially opened the centre on June 29.
The centre provides a 24-7 oversight of State-wide activity, as part of a new intelligence and command portfolio.
Features of the centre include harness systems, agency resources, holdings to contribute to officer safety and State-wide CCTV coverage.
The unveiling of the centre comes ahead of changes to the metropolitan policing districts on July 2.
The current four districts will be increased to eight, starting with the launch of Mandurah and Fremantle.
Perth, Midland, Mirrabooka, Armadale and Cannington will operate from July 16.
Ms Roberts said the centre fit nicely with the more localised restructure of the WA Police Force.
“It will be very much a nerve centre for the Western Australian Police Force and will be a huge asset to WA Police when it comes to critical incidents,” she said.
Mr Dawson said the centre would focus on responses to serious and critical incidents.
“This is a state capability,” he said.
“This greatly enhances our capacity and efficiencies for critical incident and emergency response, and provides greater opportunities for training our officers on a regular basis.“Should a major event occur, be it a large scale crime, state or disaster situation, other agencies would join police here as we would scale up in the same place and enhanced coordination command with whatever hazard we are facing.”
For information, visit www.police.wa.gov.au.