Mandurah will get more police with policing model restructure

MANDURAH MLA David Templeman has lashed out after reports Mandurah would have less police after a boundary realignment.

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

He said numbers at the Mandurah Police station would actually increase following an operational restructure of the WA Police force.

“Last week’s media reports 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 in Mandurah.

“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 across the Perth metro area.

“We’re taking a large number of officers out of response teams across the metro area, which we’ve signalled to the community over the last couple of months as we planned to make these changes.”

The increase is a result of an operational restructure, which will force the closure of large response teams to move police officers in police stations, and give more locally policing effort on ground.

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.