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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 271 asked in the Legislative Council on 2 April 2019 by Hon Simon O’Brien

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 2 April 2019


271. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

(1) What changes have there been in police staffing levels at Fremantle Police Station since March 2017?

(2) More specifically, what resources have at various times been applied to staffing police bicycle patrols in Fremantle?

(3) What is the government's response to widespread reports of an escalating incidence of antisocial behaviour and crime in inner Fremantle?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of this question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Police. The Western Australia Police Force advises the following.

(1) District superintendents are responsible for deploying their allocated resources within their districts to deliver the best possible policing service for their local community. Specific information relating to staffing levels at individual police stations is not publicly released. In April 2018, the Commissioner of Police announced details of a significant operational restructure of the Western Australia Police Force. The four previous districts were divided into eight districts, with 278 authorised full-time equivalents deployed to the new Fremantle district.

(2)–(3) Over recent years the Fremantle sub-district has recorded a reduction in verified crime. Many initiatives and partnerships have been introduced within the Fremantle central business district, focused towards collaborative working relationships designed to improve community safety. This has included the establishment of the Fremantle police CBD team, including officers on foot and bicycle patrol; working with the City of Fremantle community safety team to respond to minor incidents of antisocial behaviour and provide early engagement with people who are homeless or who present with social dysfunction; building community circles around social messaging groups between business, police and local government for rapid response; an expanded CCTV network managed by the City of Fremantle; and the establishment of the Fremantle police district mental health co-response team.