Midland Police have launched an initiative to specifically target anti-social and disorderly behaviour in the central business district.
First class constable Rod Vinning said police energy and resources have been pulled away from the CBD due to Midland’s expanding population, but the addition of six new officers has allowed a new CBD patrol to be established.
‘We’ll have a high visibility of police out on the streets, on foot patrols, in cars and undercover,’ he said.
‘The major focus is to crack down on alcohol-related harm and annoyance crimes ” graffiti, minor assaults and threatening behaviour ” as opposed to the serious crimes.’
Police have been liaising with community groups, local businesses and the City of Swan to ensure information is shared and suspicious behaviour is reported.
Midland has experienced a recent spate of car break-ins, which the greater police presence will help to deter, Constable Vinning said.
The CBD patrols will be in place for six months.
‘We want to take back the CBD and see a noticeable reduction in crime trends.’