Police to focus on violence

This follows an announcement from Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan last week 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 Stirling Times 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 to the 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.”

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, but at the moment we need to address those burglary and domestic violence rates.”