Twitter a new policing tool

Belmont constables Cherie Carter and Lucas Cope. Picture: Elle Borgward d410783
Belmont constables Cherie Carter and Lucas Cope. Picture: Elle Borgward d410783

The new style of policing is part of the Frontline 2020 trial in the South East Metropolitan district.

Belmont Police out on the beat will update the Twitter feed on local incidents such as missing people, stolen cars and burglaries almost as soon as they happen.

Senior Sergeant Peter Arancini said the reform structure would allow local police to provide a quality service in the area.

‘They will engage directly with the community, ensure ownership of local problems and utilise problem solving policing to implement strategies to address local crime issues,’ he said.

‘Effective community engagement is central to any policing approach to reducing crime.’

Snr Sgt Arancini said four sergeants would lead teams responsible for particular suburbs while maintaining an overarching view of Belmont as a whole.

‘We will cross-pollinate our resources to ensure we are still Belmont police station. We won’t let anyone lag behind,’ Snr Sgt Arancini said.

To find your local police team’s mobile number go online to www.police.wa.gov.au.