ELLENBROOK Police Station’s new officer-in-charge Wal Brierly wants to encourage a whole-community approach to tackling crime.
The policeman of 32 years transferred from Forrestfield Station where he was officer-in-charge for nearly three years and has come to Ellenbrook for a new challenge.
He said he was still familiarising himself with the area but noted Ellenbrook shared similar issues to other metropolitan suburbs.
“My priority is getting to know the community so we can find out what’s causing the issues and get to the root of it,” he said.
“We need to be vigilant, but importantly, the community does too.
“Report anything suspicious to us because it’s often the smallest piece of the puzzle that is missing and can help solve a crime.”
Snr Sgt Brierly said residents getting to know their neighbours also helped foster a system of looking out for one another.
Since the start of September, 98 people have been charged with 163 offences in Ellenbrook as a result of Operation Sweep.