Kalgoorlie-Boulder police’s targeting of the region’s repeat offenders has contributed to a significant drop in crime, with burglaries at commercial properties down nearly 30 per cent.
Police Minister Rob Johnson said the latest statistics for July 2010 showed the hard work of local officers had paid off.
“Through implementation of volume crime strategies and intelligence-led policing, Kalgoorlie-Boulder police have continued to drive down crime in the last three years,” Mr Johnson said.
“Crime reductions include residential burglary (down 23.8 per cent); commercial burglary (29.8 per cent); domestic assault (11.7 per cent); assault (6.5 per cent); robbery (7.7 per cent); and motor vehicle theft (5.3 per cent).
“In addition, Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s police focused efforts on drug offences have resulted in an increase of 13.2 per cent of people charged with possession, sending a clear message to the community that drug use is not tolerated and offenders will be caught.
“The Kalgoorlie-Boulder police are also working with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on the redesign and upgrade of CCTV cameras, to cover the Kalgoorlie and Boulder central business districts.
“It is anticipated this project will be finalised in the next few months and mean these busy areas will be monitored 24-hours-a-day.”
The Minister said he had been very impressed with the work being done by Kalgoorlie-Boulder police officers in dealing with the region’s Prolific and Priority Offenders (PPOs) during a visit in February.
Mr Johnson said that visit contributed to his decision to establish the Integrated Offender Management Forum, which was held last week, to build on the success of the WA Police’s PPO program and divert more West Australians away from a life of crime.
“The PPO program has been critical in tackling volume crime at a district level, by focusing on disrupting and preventing crime by the small number of persistent offenders who commit the majority of offences,” he said.
“The Kalgoorlie-Boulder police have been very dedicated in their efforts on PPOs and we have seen the positive results flow on from their hard work and the dramatic reduction in crime that has occurred in the district.
“I want to build on that success across WA by ensuring police and other Government agencies are working together to prevent young people from becoming PPOs, ensuring repeat offenders are sent back to court and to rehabilitating PPOs once they leave prison to ensure they don’t reoffend.”
Kalgoorlie-Boulder police, in partnership with Goldfields Youth Justice Services and the Education Department, have developed a program to engage at-risk youth and involve them in an education-based program.
The 12-month program will provide a range of skills, including literacy and numeracy, to its 15 participants in an effort to divert them from their repeat offending behaviour.
At the end of the program, the participants will receive a Certificate in General Education, which is equal to a completion of Year 10 studies.
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