WA Police will host a community forum in Midland

WA POLICE will host a community forum in Midland on November 17 to discuss the rollout of the new policing model in the eastern suburbs.

Residents will have a chance to quiz Police Minister Liza Harvey and Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan (right) about local policing issues and hear how police intend to work more closely with the public in individual suburbs.

As part of Frontline 2020 Police Operating Model, Midland will see a large response team of 80 officers and an investigation team of 41 detectives provide 24/7 coverage at a base for a centralised Traffic Enforcement Group.

The revised model will ensure more police officers on the front line from December this year, who will attempt to get ahead of crime before it gets worse and build stronger links with the community.

After being trialled between November 2013 and May 2014 in the South-East Metro District, the model will be rolled out metrowide.

Strategic Projects Officer Anthony Robertson said the trial results were outstanding.

‘In just six months we saw South East Metro move from the sixth best-performing Metropolitan District to the second best performing Metropolitan District in relation to verified crime reporting, compared to the previous year,’ he said.

‘Crime is down, demand on policing resources is down and we are experiencing a higher degree of control over our resources than before.’

The forum will be held from 6pm-8pm at Midland Town Hall, 39 Old Great Northern Highway, Midland.