Call to keep detectives

THE Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association (TRYRA) has joined calls for Clarkson detectives to remain in Clarkson.
THE Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association (TRYRA) has joined calls for Clarkson detectives to remain in Clarkson.

In June, the Times reported that the group of 16 detectives and investigators would relocate to Joondalup as part of policing model reform, Frontline 2020.

Formed in 2012 after a community campaign for increased police resources in Clarkson, the detectives moved into a $600,000 extension of Clarkson Police Station late last year.

Last week, TRYRA president Peter Wimsett received unanimous support for his motion to write to Police Minister Liza Harvey with its concerns.

‘The detectives relocated to Clarkson a year ago will be moved back to Joondalup. This association is concerned about this ” we think things have improved here,’ he said.

Butler MLA John Quigley, who raised a grievance about relocating the detectives in June, said there might be a slight increase in police numbers across the north west metropolitan district.

But the MP said there was no promise to replace the group of detectives that would leave Clarkson with uniformed officers.

‘The best way to police is to have more police in suburbs,’ Mr Quigley said.

‘That’s why (Yanchep Sergeant) Jason Macander and his team have been so fantastic for this area.

‘Here from Joondalup is about the same distance as Joondalup to Perth ” they wouldn’t think about putting Joondalup police down at Perth.’

Sgt Macander told the TRYRA members that all the district’s detectives were going to Joondalup and Mirrabooka, and some stations would have a slight increase in police numbers. He said WA Police only had a certain amount of money and resources and had to decide how to provide the best service with that.

‘Should we continue going the way we have for the last 10 years, or should we try something new?’ he said.

‘I don’t remember a time where we have tried this model of policing.

‘When it comes to the police model, there will be a response team ” that response is just for ‘ring, ring, I need help’.

‘Policing won’t change, we will continue to do as much as we can.’

Sgt Macander said the population forecasts for most suburbs in his sub-district indicated there would be significant growth between 2014 and 2036.

He said they showed Alkimos would grow by 1255 people a year, Eglinton 1000, Yanchep 927 and Two Rocks by almost 450.

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