Mandurah MLA David Templeman lashes out over “inaccurate” reports about police numbers

Mandurah MLA David Templeman lashes out over “inaccurate” reports about police numbers

MANDURAH MLA David Templeman has lashed out at reports that Mandurah would have less police after an operational restructure of the police force from July 2.

Mr Templeman said he was furious about inaccurate reporting of police numbers at the Mandurah Station in other media last week.

Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup’s website and Facebook page said the WA Government was “secretly” cutting the number of police officers in Mandurah by 25 per cent.

“This is a deliberate and dangerous decision that will put our community at risk,” Mr Kirkup said.

But Mr Templeman said numbers at the Mandurah police station would actually increase.

“Last week’s media reports and reports by Dawesville member Zak Kirkup are disturbing because they are factually incorrect,” he said.

“These sorts of misleading stories do not help our Mandurah brand.”

Acting Commissioner Stephen Brown said more police would be “working on the ground” in Mandurah.

Mr Brown said he was “unsure” why there was community concern with policing numbers.

“You will see no degradation at all in the policing services in Mandurah,” he said.

“You will see more cops in the area because we’re basing more cops out of the station and there’s no reason for community concern in Mandurah or anywhere else.”

Mr Kirkup said he was still concerned there was a secret shift of police numbers.

“I have publicly sought assurances that the response, investigation, administration and detective teams at Mandurah police station will see no change in numbers – but these questions have gone unanswered,” he said.

“I have been approached by multiple individuals about this operational restructure, who all suggested a net reduction of police officers in the station.

“If the trend starts to deteriorate and get worse, it will be the direct fault of this government and their lack of resourcing for our local station.”

Mr Templeman has asked Minister for Police Michelle Roberts and Police Commissioner Chris Dawson to come to Mandurah for a police forum, where they could explain the new police model.