FREMANTLE POLICE STATION —
364. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the minister representing
the Minister for Police:
I refer to my question without
notice 271 of last week that sought information about the government's
response to widespread reports of the
escalating incidence of antisocial behaviour and crime in inner Fremantle and
the welcome news published in the Community News last week that a
special temporary allocation of 20 officers will be —
� part of a targeted
operation to focus on retail theft which falls into the category of high
volume, low level criminality �
� planned due to the effects of
losing a CBD-focused team during previous agency reform �
(1) Why did the minister not provide
this information to Parliament when it was provided to the press?
(2) Is the
government committed to resourcing the WA Police Force to enable this operation
to continue as long as necessary?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me
by the Minister for Police.
(1) As advised in
the answer provided last week, district superintendents are responsible for
deploying their allocated resources. It is appropriate for senior police to
comment on specific operations. I welcome the Western Australia Police Force's
active response to issues in the Fremantle CBD.
(2) The operation
will continue as long as the district superintendent and the Commissioner of
Police believe it is necessary.