CHANGES to policing that take effect next week will allow officers to spend more time in the community, a local sergeant says.
Yanchep Police Sergeant Jason Macander said generally it would be ‘business as usual’ but having a response team at Joondalup allowed local officers to get to know their area better.
‘I’m very excited at the improvements of the level of service directed to the community and our ability to address local problems at a local level,’ he said.
‘For that to happen, we will be engaging with the community.
‘We need the community to engage with us, not to take to social media to complain but call us.
‘We will definitely still be out proactively patrolling and be in the areas we are needed.’
Sgt Macander said the focus on local policing teams would allow his team to get out into the community more, working with retirement villages and schools on their emergency management plans.
He said they could also do more targeted operations to address specific issues in certain areas, such as last week’s operation to target building site crime in Eglinton.
On Friday morning, Yanchep officers and the BUSTED crew spoke to tradespeople entering Amberton estate.
Sgt Macander said building site crime was an issue across the sub-district, with more estates opening up.
‘We are working well with BUSTED and the various construction industry businesses,’ he said.
‘The growth in this area will be a significant challenge for us.’
Many thefts from building sites occur during the lag between delivery of material and its installation, so the sergeant said he hoped they could come up with creative ways to reduce thefts.
He suggested one solution could be to use a fenced central storage area with security and cameras for all building materials, with potential locations at sites designated for future schools.
‘All the different suppliers (would) deliver to one location,’ he said.
Sgt Macander said a truck based at the storage area could then deliver material, including valuable items such as hot water systems, when workers were on site to install them.
He said officers would continue to work with families where domestic violence was an issue.