New police team in town

1st Class Const John Mackey, Const Shaun Mahagan, Sgt Roy George (front), Const Emily Halliday, Const Brodie Gerrans and Sen Const Atul Saxena. Picture: David Baylis
1st Class Const John Mackey, Const Shaun Mahagan, Sgt Roy George (front), Const Emily Halliday, Const Brodie Gerrans and Sen Const Atul Saxena. Picture: David Baylis

From Monday, Kensington Local Police Team 3 will surrender Burswood to the Central Metropolitan district and take over the policing duties of Lathlain and Carlisle from Belmont.

Kensington Senior Sergeant Ash Goy said the team would target anti-social behaviour, which has always been an issue in the area.

Before the trial of the new police operating model in November last year, Lathlain and Carlisle were a part of Kensington’s sub-district so the officers are familiar with the area.

He said it would give the team a chance to go back to community policing rather than policing an entertainment district where most offences were assaults.

The first priority was to start door knocking to get to know local residents and businesses as well schools, playgroups and community groups.

‘This gives us a chance to re-claim the two suburbs,’ Snr Sgt Goy said.

Snr Sgt Goy said they would also be increasing the police presence in the area, to deter would-be offenders.

‘If the trouble-makers are coming in on the trains and they see the police, they would not get off and would just keep carrying on their way,’ he said.

The team will target the train line and will use their experience and knowledge gained from working at Burswood train station.

He said areas that had been problem spots before such as the Red Castle site had been addressed and they would shift focus to congregation areas at the bottom end of Lathlain with people there moving from a 24-hour deli or bar on Great Eastern Highway.