Ellenbrook crime forum: residents grill police commissioner Karl O’Callaghan

Ellenbrook crime forum: residents grill police commissioner Karl O’Callaghan

ELLENBROOK residents turned up in numbers to a community crime forum hosted by Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan and Police Minister Liza Harvey on Thursday.

Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban was also in attendance at the forum, as was Senior Sergeant Wally Brierley and his Ellenbrook police team.

The forum gave locals a chance to voice their concerns and get answers from the state’s top cop.

“The Police Minister and I have been travelling around talking to local communities about issues that affect them in terms of law and order,” Mr O’Callaghan said. “We are able to talk to them about policing and what’s planned, from a government and police perspective.

“The main part of this is for communities to ask us questions and offer suggestions.”

Ms Harvey discussed new ‘three strikes’ legislation that means prolific offenders – those who commit multiple crimes – face harsher penalties.

“We’ve introduced new legislation that will see these offenders face harsh penalties if they commit three or more offences,” she said.

“Previously it was not taken into account how many crimes an offender had committed before a court appearance; if it was their first, they would not face as harsh penalties. Now, it is per crime committed.”

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