POLICE Minister Michelle Roberts has taken the opportunity for Crime Stoppers Day 2018 to highlight the importance of communities helping to solve crime.
The Minister announced a $33,815 Lotterywest grant would go towards developing a multilingual reporting capability on the Crime Stoppers WA website.
Mrs Roberts said Crime Stoppers was a valuable tool for the community to provide information on criminal activity.
“Last year alone there were more than 1500 direct arrests in WA as a result of information provided to Crime Stoppers,” she said.
“This new initiative will expand the reach and access of Crime Stoppers WA, and allow people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to participate in helping to keep their community safe.”
WA is one of the most diverse and fastest growing states with more than 240 languages spoken.
Census data showed more than 17 per cent of West Australians spoke a language other than English at home.
People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can provide information more easily and with delay courtesy of a new website feature.
“This new initiative will expand the reach and access of Crime Stoppers WA, and allow people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to participate in helping to keep their community safe,” Mrs Roberts said.
She thanked members of the Ethnic Communities Council of WA, who offered translation expertise to ensure the reporting platform was available in as many different languages as possible.
“I want to take the opportunity to thank the hardworking team at Crime Stoppers WA, and remind the community to report suspicious and criminal activity on the Crime Stoppers’ number 1800 333 000 or you can make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.”