Hard hit on

Peter and Margaret Richardson bought at Alkimos Beach to be near the ocean in their retirement years. Picture: Tony McDonough
Peter and Margaret Richardson bought at Alkimos Beach to be near the ocean in their retirement years. Picture: Tony McDonough

The campaign, launched last month to target hooligans, hoons and troublemakers, and consisting of additional resources including mounted police and the rail unit, has been deemed a resounding success by Midland police officer in charge Craig Davis (pictured).

Senior Sergeant Davis said 10 arrests had been made last week alone because of the increased patrols.

‘We are going to continue hard with Elektra for the next month with the view of either upgrading or downgrading our resources as the need dictates,’ he said.

Sen Sgt Davis said if the positive results continued, WA Police would consider maintaining the level of resources.

‘Generally, when we do these types of operations, the need for resources decreases because we are having a pro-active effect on the issues,’ he said. ‘So, for example, we might only request the mounted section once a month rather than every week.’

Sen Sgt Davis said feedback from the public on the exercise was positive. ‘We are told by people that they are seeing us everywhere and that they have never seen such a big police presence in Midland before,’ he said.

Swan Chamber of Commerce CEO Sandra Wallis told the Reporter last week its members constantly had problems with anti-social behaviour across the region. She said many of the offences were minor, such as theft, but business owners had ‘had enough.’