PUBLIC services have not been affected by prolonged works to expand Yanchep police station, officer-in-charge Sergeant Chris Wride says.
Sgt Wride said officers continued to operate as usual while works continued at the station on Yanchep Beach Road, although internal operations had been adapted to fit around construction.
“It’s not affecting services to the public,” he said.
He said it would be an “impressive” facility once finished, capable of accommodating about 40 staff.
“The station was built to be future-proof; it will be staffed as required. We are looking forward to the new station,” he said.
The completion date for the $3 million expansion works was originally late 2017, but it has been pushed back to about April.
“The building works are planned to be completed in late April 2018, however this is dependent on the builder meeting their current program of works,” North West Metropolitan District Inspector Dale Bell said.
“The project has been delayed due to a number of factors but is mainly due to issues with connection to mains sewer and resourcing issues experienced by the builder.”
Sgt Wride said the project involved building four transportable units offsite. Current works involved gutting the old station, which opened in 2010.
He said the station would be more comfortable and have more facilities, including two toilets, extra charge rooms, a lock-up cell, gym and crib kitchen.
“The ability for us to detain and question people will be increased,” he said.
Inspector Dell said decisions on staffing changes had not been made yet, although the Police Commissioner had a target date of July 1 to change policing districts.
Sgt Wride said the station had one “hybrid” local policing team and a couple of extra officers who did response tasks as well in the sub-district covering Yanchep, Two Rocks, Eglinton and Alkimos.
“Crime has started to creep up this year,” he said.
“A lot is to do with people leaving valuables in cars and houses unlocked.”
Apart from opportunistic thefts, Sgt Wride said there were not a lot of issues in the area and a recent suspicious fire in Alkimos had likely been caused by a campfire.
He said a recent increase in damage offences had stopped with the start of school term.
He said thefts from building sites were an ongoing issue and urged people to report anything suspicious.
“If anyone is near a home under construction and sees someone taking something, take a note of the registration number and give us a call,” he said.
“If someone is taking something from a building site, there is a good chance they are stealing it.”
Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.