THE Mandurah Police District will be the biggest in metropolitan WA and will include Kwinana, Rockingham, Pinjarra and Dwellingup.
The Commissioner of Police Chris Dawson made the announcement today and provided details of a significant operational restructure of the Western Australia Police Force.
Commissioner Dawson said the changes would improve the way policing services were delivered to the community.
The Mandurah Police District will stretch across 2382sq km.
Commissioner Dawson said the number of police districts in the metropolitan area will increase from four to eight smaller, more manageable districts. They will be easily identified with the names reflecting the major centres where they are located.
The Districts will be Perth, Mandurah, Midland, Mirrabooka, Joondalup, Armadale, Cannington and Fremantle.
There will be no change to the role and function of District Detectives.
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The eight districts will better align with established local government and emergency management boundaries.
“The new district structure will provide greater connectivity and communication with police and their local community,” Commissioner Dawson said.
“There will be more police officers in local police stations.”
Commissioner Dawson also announced the amalgamation of Local Policing Teams and Response Teams.
These teams will work across the district to support other teams working from police stations.
This new structure will be established by July 1.
Family and Domestic Violence Response Teams will be co-located in each district and there will be more officers dedicated to domestic violence.
A sergeant and six constables will be assigned to each district to tackle the most serious family violence cases.
These teams will be established by August 1.
The number of officers attached to the Regional Operations Group (ROG) will also be significantly increased.
ROG officers will provide tasking support to the districts and continue to respond to out of control gatherings and critical incidents.
Commissioner Dawson said the number of officers in ROG would be increased from 98 to 120.
The new Central ROG in Warwick will be established by September 1.