DISTRICT police Superintendent Allan Adams has moved to address concerns about the rehousing of Clarkson detectives in Joondalup.
All detectives in the district are being centralised at Joondalup police station as part of the Frontline 2020 reform beginning December 1.
Supt Adams said the district was committed to adhering to the new model.
This meant the former Clarkson detectives would, for now, not return from Joondalup.
He said the model had worked well in the south-east metro district, historically the ‘busiest patch in the metropolitan area’.
‘It’s worked really well and driven down a lot of their crime stats,’ he said.
‘So I’m taking that the model in it’s current state will work here.’
He did not rule out an eventual restationing of the detectives further north, but said all police districts needed to be unified in their approach to the new model.
By this, he meant if local detectives started branching out into smaller groups, then all other districts would have to take the same approach.
‘There’s been a commitment at the executive level that if we change aspects of the model, then we change them together,’ he said.
‘That may be ” and I’m not saying that it is ” but it could be that as that northern corridor continues to expand, placing the appropriate numbers of police there to respond obviously makes a lot of sense.’
The North West Metropolitan WA Police Facebook page attracted debate from followers when it posted ‘A thank you to the community from Clarkson Detectives’ in the lead-up to the detectives’ departure from the station.
Follower Nat Sangalli wrote: ‘The community has every right to be enraged by this.
‘The restructuring of the police service is supposed to be modelled on community policing where police get to know their community’