- Police launch summer crime operation
- First summer, police can access new graffiti laws
- First summer, drink drivers will face alcohol interlock laws
- Boosted meth teams to support summer crime campaign
WA Police will use a range of tough new laws and resources during its summer crime campaign this year, after the Liberal National Government successfully introduced a number of initiatives over the past 12 months.
Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said each of the summer crime areas police would focus on - volume crime, anti-social behaviour and unlawful road behaviour - had been boosted by new laws, penalties and resources since last year.
"Historically, police have had to respond to higher levels of crime over the warmer months and this year officers will add alcohol interlocks, increased graffiti penalties and powers, and boosted meth teams to its arsenal," Ms Harvey said.
The Deputy Premier said crime prevention was also a major focus and the WA Police Tougher For Crooks education campaign would be relaunched.
"The campaign asks the community to take simple measures like locking doors and windows and keeping valuables out of site, which can help reduce opportunistic crime," she said.
In October this year, the Liberal National Government created a stand-alone graffiti offence which carried a maximum of two years behind bars or a $24,000 fine, as well as mandatory graffiti clean-up orders for offenders.
Ms Harvey said in the same month, the State Government also introduced Western Australia's first alcohol interlock scheme for serious and repeat drink drivers.
In November 2016, the Deputy Premier announced $3.134 million in funding to expand the WA Police meth teams to fund police officers as well as specialist roles - including interpreters, legal officers and intelligence analysts - to help combat the supply of methamphetamine into WA.
"This summer, police have more powers and resources to help combat crime and anti-social behaviour because of the Liberal National Government's commitment to keeping our community safe," she said.
- The Liberal National Government will have recruited an additional 550 police and auxiliary officers between 2013-17
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