LOCAL police have enjoyed their first week at a new purpose-built facility in Cockburn Central next to the train station.
Cockburn police moved into the $21 million police hub on Linkage Avenue on October 24, a day after closing the doors to their former home on Rockingham Road where they were based for 54 years.
Cockburn officer in charge James Bradley said his team was excited about the move to a new facility.
“Everyone’s really enjoying it,” he said.
“There was an instant appreciation with being able to work in a purpose-built space.
“The location too – being near a major shopping centre and public transport – is good.”
During a tour on Friday, Jandakot MLA and Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis said the facility ticked “every single box”.
“There will always be a need for police. There will always be a need to deal with the community and those in society that don’t want to play by the rules,” he said.
“It’s important we have the right amount of resources to help police do their job and a facility like this is at the cutting edge: it’s got the latest, greatest technology, it’s in the perfect environment, there’s the ability to hold prisoners safely, and it’s a much safer environment for police to work in also.”
Snr Sgt Bradley said he was confident the community in Cockburn’s west would not be affected by the move.
“Response times won’t change,” he said.
The new building has enabled WA Police to consolidate the Myaree-based District Management Team, a Response Team from Bibra Lake and Cockburn police station officers on one site.