Feeling the love: Police and council partnership reaps rewards at Scarborough

City of Stirling security patrol officer Frank Haast, Senior Sergeant Craig Wanstall (Scarborough Police OIC) and Nicole Fairman (senior security officer City of Stirling) pictured in 2018 when the partnership launched. Photo: Martin Kennealey
City of Stirling security patrol officer Frank Haast, Senior Sergeant Craig Wanstall (Scarborough Police OIC) and Nicole Fairman (senior security officer City of Stirling) pictured in 2018 when the partnership launched. Photo: Martin Kennealey

A PARTNERSHIP between police and the City of Stirling is paying dividends at Scarborough Beach.

Scarborough Police officers and City security staff have teamed up over the past two summers to patrol the foreshore.

An email from security to Senior Sergeant Craig Wanstall recently thanked police for their “terrific support”, particularly with helping to move on vagrants drinking in public and a group of loitering teenagers.

The email said security officers tried to seek police help “only after we have exhausted all other options” and their combined efforts, along with pub licensees, ensured families could enjoy the beachfront in a “safe and friendly environment”.

Sgt Wanstall said police looked for the Stirling security when they started their foreshore shift and believed the partnership had “very much” paid off.

“We’ve been happy with the beachfront over summer and are pleased our joint work has had the desired effect,” he said.

“A lot of resources are provided to Scarborough Beach as that’s what’s needed and it will continue.”

A City spokesman agreed it was a valuable initiative.

“While the majority of people visiting Scarborough are there to enjoy the area, the City’s partnership with WA Police, their presence at the beach and security patrols play an important role in helping maintain a safe environment, deter anti-social behaviour and assist those in need.”