New district planned

Perth will eventually end up with four metropolitan districts, each closely matched in both officer numbers and demand.

The model relies on running districts with at least 500 sworn personnel and is made up of response, local police and investigation teams and a district control centre.

The response teams are responsible for high-priority jobs, while local police teams focus on ongoing local issues.

Investigation teams are made up of detectives and the district control centre provides 24/7 monitoring and co-ordination.

The South Metropolitan District will be the next area off the rank, with a Peel district merger expected to come into effect on September 1.

A Regional Operations Group, which is currently based at Maylands will also join the district.

By the end of the year, Central and East will form another district, along with North- West and West.

Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan will attend a community forum in Fremantle this month to address the community on how the changes would affect them.

‘The numbers of police coming into this district will increase by about 50-odd officers,’ he said.

‘Most of them will be going into the rapid response teams and investigation teams.’ Mr O’Callaghan said the extra officers would come from moving officers from behind desks onto the frontline.

The community forum will be at the Fremantle Town Hall on June 30 from 6pm.