Mandurah’s top cop challenges assault stats

Mandurah’s top cop challenges assault stats

POLICE stressed recent media reports regarding an apparent rise in violence in central Mandurah do not tell the full story.

Mandurah officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Stephen Thompson said he would like to provide some reassurance to the community following the high profile incidents in the CBD.

Police will be launching Operation Canter in upcoming weeks to deal with anti-social behaviour in Mandurah’s CBD.

“In Mandurah not all assault statistics are coming from licensed premises,” he said.

“There have been reports in the media on what is occurring, but assaults in the suburb of Mandurah are down since last year.”

Snr Sgt Thompson said year-to-date statistics showed non-domestic violence assaults in the suburb of Mandurah are down 22 per cent.

He was concerned people were quick to shared phone footage of assaults with the media, but have not sent the footage to police for investigation.

Snr Sgt Thompson said the vast majority of people who go out are responsible and enjoy themselves.

However, he warned against pre-loading on alcohol and asked that people show respect for others.

“When people come across aggression, they should walk away and call the police,” he said.

“Be tolerant to each other.”

Snr Sgt Thompson said he would like to speak to this man in relation to an incident in Smart Street Mall where a kebab shop window was smashed.