Long arm of the law at work

First Class Constable Fi Boucher with a laser camera.
First Class Constable Fi Boucher with a laser camera.

Kensington Sergeant Matt Sharp and First Class Constable Fi Boucher invited the Gazette to gain insight on patrol, following a day in which a motorcycle pursuit ended in a crash, and a woman died after being stabbed at a Como hair salon.

The morning began with the station inquiry team and a fraud case.

They executed a search warrant at a South Perth apartment, where a computer and hard drives were seized along with cannabis and a smoking implement.

Next stop was at a roadside message sign, positioned by officers that morning at the Axford-Barker reserve in Como.

Kensington Senior Sergeant Ash Goy said the sign was there to deter burglars and inform the public of the high number of crimes reported in the area.

‘If would-be offenders see the sign, they may just realise we are around in numbers.

‘It is at their peril if they choose to re-offend, but there is a strong likelihood they would be detected,’ he said.

In the 12 months to May, Como recorded 249 house burglaries ” the most in the Kensington sub-district.

After patrolling for a short time and running a few number plates on the vehicle computer system, the officers stopped a car on Albany Highway in East Victoria Park.

They punched several names into the system provided by the driver, and then turned their attention to a passenger in the car, who gave several false names and addresses in an effort to avoid detection.

‘The problem is they don’t carry any ID on them and then give us a bunch of false names,’ Constable Boucher said.

Fifteen minutes later, the officer informed the passenger they would have to take him to the station to identify him.

He then complied with their request and gave his correct name, which revealed a bench warrant had been issued because he had not attended a court appearance.

When asked why he didn’t go to court he replied, ‘because the judge would have sent me to jail’.

A short trip to the new Perth Watch House in Northbridge and the man was taken for processing regarding pending court appearances.

Back at the station for a quick lunch and then time to head out to school zones ” the subject of complaints from the public and schools.

Senior Sergeant Goy said they were increasing their patrols in school zones.

‘People are just not abiding by the speed limit,’ he said. ‘Too often we stop mums with their kids in the back seat who just say they are running late’