Twitter the new tool

Left: Kensington Local Police Team sergeants Gavin Kerber, Roy George, Glenys Chinnery and Brad Richards-Scully with OIC Ash Goy (centre). Right: Constables Sarah White and Samara Munro.
Left: Kensington Local Police Team sergeants Gavin Kerber, Roy George, Glenys Chinnery and Brad Richards-Scully with OIC Ash Goy (centre). Right: Constables Sarah White and Samara Munro.

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

Kensington 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 Ash Goy said the community was an extension of the local police team.

‘They are our eyes and ears as they can see almost immediately if we need their help with anything such as locating a missing person or a person of suspicion,’ he said.

‘The community will be able to engage with us a lot more and us with them.

‘We are out there and accessible to the public.’

He said the new style of policing would return confidence in local police as the community would get to know their local sergeant and their teams.

Under the trial, the local police team has four teams responsible for their own suburbs.

Each sergeant will lead a team who will get to know the local businesses and residents on a personal level and will be a point of contact for community members.

‘It is bringing country-style policing back to the city,’ Senior Sergeant Goy said.

Each team will also be contactable on a mobile number which can be found at www. police.wa.gov.au.