Instructors in on the action

Driving instructor Norelle Butcher and Sergeant Warren Ameduri are involved in the Eyes on the Street program. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d410439
Driving instructor Norelle Butcher and Sergeant Warren Ameduri are involved in the Eyes on the Street program. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d410439

Miro Driving Academy, which has instructors who travel throughout the metropolitan area every day, has put its mileage to good use by joining Eyes on the Street.

The WA Police intelligence gathering system, managed by the Crime Prevention and Community Liaison Unit, partners police with local and State government, businesses and security officers.

It gives employees free training and resources to record and report information about suspicious activity, which Crime Stoppers processes and distributes to police.

They receive branding showing they have done the training, such as bumper stickers, intended to make potential offenders rethink.

Miro strategic operations manager Eugene Wong said he signed the company up after seeing the logo.

‘As driving instructors we have a lot of manpower circling the suburbs,’ he said.

‘We can always look and notice anything that doesn’t feel right.

‘I want to get other driving schools to realise this and participate as well.’

Eyes on the Street co-ordinator Warren Ameduri said people who went about daily routines in public always noticed certain things, and the program taught them what to look for and why.

‘We want them to have a way to tap into what they’re seeing ” give people a conduit to help them feel they are contributing,’ he said.

‘Sometimes it’s just one piece of the puzzle that is missing for police and that bit of info could be the final thing they need.’