Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Liberal News

Targeting crime hotspots with rapid response

Liberal Statement

A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will take back the streets in high crime areas by funding three new mobile police posts and additional police patrol in identified high crime areas.

Premier Colin Barnett said if re-elected, the Liberal Government will provide $3.7million over four years to acquire, operate and staff the additional mobile police facilities (MPFs).

Mr Barnett said this would ensure a quick response, with high visibility in crime hotspots.

“These extra MPFs will allow police to move swiftly, and relocate to volatile areas, to set up highly visible transportable police posts,” he said.

Police Minister Liza Harvey said an additional $4million over four years will also fund police overtime to provide targeted patrols in crime hotspots.

“The patrols will focus on proactive attendance at known trouble spots, a highly visible police presence, early intervention before trouble starts and zero tolerance for criminal and anti-social behaviour,” Mrs Harvey said.

“This is aimed at safeguarding law-abiding Western Australians, who are entitled to feel safe when they take the family out to dinner, or travel on public transport or frequent entertainment precincts.”

Mrs Harvey said a targeted response has been successful in Northbridge with proactive policing and higher visibility on the beat that has seen assaults fall 33 per cent and robberies 31 per cent since 2008.

This comes on top of the Liberals’ commitment to fund additional CCTV cameras and introduce a coordinated state CCTV network, which will assist in targeting problem areas and ensure a more effective police response.

The Liberals will also recruit a total of 720 police officers over the next four years and introduce legislation to tighten mandatory sentencing laws for serial burglars which will be the toughest penalties in Australia for serious home invasions.

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