Police trying to crack down on ‘problematic’ house near Jubilee Reserve says Police Minister Liza Harvey

Syringe found in bush at Jubilee Reserve earlier this year.
Syringe found in bush at Jubilee Reserve earlier this year.

KIARA Police are trying to crack down on a “problematic” house near Jubilee Reserve in Eden Hill for allegedly supplying and using syringes found on the reserve, according to Police minister Liza Harvey.

This comes after a residents action group was formed to combat a drug issue at the reserve, where a cricket volunteer stepped on a syringe.

Responding to the issue first reported in the Eastern Reporter, Mrs Harvey said arresting the occupants of the particular house was a long process.

“Police gather intelligence, they execute search warrants but they need to be able to execute a search warrant at a time that may be drugs or illegal activity occurring in the house,” Mrs Harvey said.

“If that is not occurring while police are there and there is no evidence of it then obviously they have to go back to the drawing board, collect more information and then execute search warrants and hopefully have successful outcomes.

“It is not as easy as people think, it sometimes can take six to eight months to gather all of the intelligence required just to execute a search warrant on a property and that is why we need the community to help us.”

Mrs Harvey said the Housing Authority was working with Kiara Police to conduct more search warrants on the house.

“A number of search warrants have been executed there… (Housing Authority) has been working very closely with local police and we are doing our best to keep the occupants of that house with various different groups that can perhaps assist them,” she said.

“As they start to get successful charges against an occupant of a home they can then notify the (Housing Authority) and then they can activate that three strikes policy.

“There is a process, it is cold comfort to the people living in the vicinity of these types of homes but we need to adhere to that process.”

Mrs Harvey also said she felt for the cricket mother, who has to wait for results from stepping on the syringe.

“That is always an awful thing for any member of the community to go through,” she said.

“Thankfully the incident is of transmission, in that circumstances are quite low but I am sure that is cold comfort to that poor woman who is waiting on those results.”

Meanwhile, Liberal candidate for Perth Jeremy Quinn and Stirling MHR Michael Keenan announced today the Federal Government’s would provide $100,000 to Town of Bassendean for the installation of more CCTV cameras at Jubilee and Mary Crescent reserves.

Mr Quinn said residents had relayed to him concerns about safety issues at local reserves.

“Residents are particularly troubled by drug use around these community facilities and the hazard posed to children by discarded syringes,” he said.