Police team up in new model

Sgt Chris Fox with Senior Sergeant Kate Vivian and District Superintendent Peter De La Motte. d427462
Sgt Chris Fox with Senior Sergeant Kate Vivian and District Superintendent Peter De La Motte. d427462

‘Even though there’s four teams at Wembley they are not going to be silos, as we will share information,’ he said.

The model cuts Perth’s seven police districts to four, each with a planned 550 officers.

The former 60-officer Wembley Police Station will have 22 in a new Central Metropolitan District covering the Perth CBD, Midland and Mundaring.

Cottesloe’s 23 officers will become 12 in two teams responsible for City Beach and Floreat in the new North West Metropolitan District reaching to Two Rocks, with a Mirrabooka headquarters.

Uniform first-response officers based in Perth, Midland and Mirrabooka will attend calls prioritised by senior officers at a 24-hour district control centre, while the Wembley and Cottesloe teams will investigate incidents, conduct inquiries and also attend emergencies.

WA Police recorded 2788 less offences (8.4 per cent), 16.7 per cent more prosecutions and a 15 per cent rise, to 89 per cent, in public satisfaction after the model’s six-month, south-east corridor trial that finished in May.

The trial was criticised for stretching officers and bad rostering in a WA Police Union survey.

Superintendent Peter De La Motte said those issues were found to be inaccurate but there had been minor changes to rostering for the model’s western suburbs launch to be discussed at a public meeting next week.

Supt De La Motte said distances for first response police to cover in the large districts would be resolved by the district control centre, and the patrolling officers would not be ‘sitting in Mirrabooka looking for the next job in Cottesloe’.

Wembley Senior Sergeant Kate Vivian said residents would see her teams’ officers walking the beat as part of their duties.

WA Police Union president George Tilbury said he had been assured response times for residents’ calls would not increase and his members constantly on the road would get meal breaks missed in the trial.

– WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan will be at a Frontline 2020 public meeting at the Shenton Park Community Centre, 240 Onslow Road on October 28 from 6pm.