Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Community police facility receives heritage status

    11/08/2011 12:00 AM
     
    The Inglewood Police Station and Quarters, which showcases an important phase in the development of Western Australian policing, has been interim listed on the State Register of Heritage Places.

    Heritage Minister John Castrilli said the building represented the once common practice of using domestic scale architecture for police buildings and was a rare example of a surviving 1940s style police station and quarters in metropolitan Perth.

    “Along with the Western Australian community, the police service - which was at the forefront of maintaining order in a society in crisis - experienced severe strains due to the Great Depression and World War II,” Mr Castrilli said.

    The police service adapted, developing programs to forge stronger links with the communities they served such as through school visits and Police Boys Clubs.

    “However, it wasn’t until the latter part of the 1930s when some buoyancy returned to the State’s economy that new police stations were built,” the Minister said.

    “By 1937, police stationed at Maylands could not adequately maintain order in the heavily populated suburb of Inglewood.”

    To address this need, Mr Castrilli said a new red brick and terracotta tile police station and quarters opened about three years later.

    “The style and size of the Inglewood Police Station and Quarters conformed to community standards, as it was built to reflect residential housing commonly built in this area during the same period,” he said. “It reflected the integration of police into the community.”

    The State Register of Heritage Places is managed by the Heritage Council.

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