ELLENBROOK officer-in-charge Walter Brierley says the new operational police structure will mean greater focus of resources on Ellenbrook and surrounding areas.
Snr Sgt Brierley said the changes, which come into effect on Monday July 16, mean Ellenbrook Police subdistrict will become part of the new Midland Police District.
He said the changes meant the number of police districts in the metropolitan area had doubled, reducing the size of each district and allowing police to concentrate on each of their local communities.
He said changes meant the responsibility for Cullacabardee and Whiteman had been transferred to Ballajura Police Station.
“This better balances demand and recognises the need to cater for a growing community in the suburbs for which I retain responsibility being Aveley, Avon Valley National Park, Baskerville, Belhus, Brabham, Brigadoon, Bullsbrook, Dayton, Ellenbrook, Henley Brook, Lexia, Melaleuca, Millendon, The Vines, Upper Swan and Walyunga National Park – which all fall in the City of Swan,” he said.
“Local ownership is the fundamental principle of the new structure with patrol/inquiry officers working in teams in police stations, under the supervision of the officer- in-charge who will be responsible for primary attendance of tasks and any subsequent investigation.
“The WA Police Commissioner is trusting and empowering me to deliver a style of policing that the community of Ellenbrook and surrounds expect and I will be working with neighbouring OICs to provide an exceptional policing service.”
Sen Sgt Brierley said the police station would remain 24-7 and additional resources would be allocated.
“I hope to improve even further on the gains we have had in recent times with the overall reduction in crime across the sub district,” he said.
“My team and I at Ellenbrook will remain passionate and committed about what we do and will work professionally with others in the community to prevent crime and protect the vulnerable.”