The expanding South East Metropolitan District of Canning Vale will be serviced by a new police station.
Police Minister John Kobelke officially opened the Nicholson Road station today, covering the suburbs of Langford, Thornlie, Southern River, Canning Vale, Ferndale, Lynwood, Parkwood and Willetton.
The new station will provide a more central base for local policing for the current population of about 67,000, which is expected to increase to 90,000 by the year 2020.
“The new $4.3million station is part of the State Government’s ongoing commitment to provide police with the necessary infrastructure to service the growing population,” Mr Kobelke said.
“The additional police has freed up officers in the Gosnells and Cannington areas and has greatly improved police response times in Canning Vale”
The new police station began operation last month and has a current strength of 42 staff. Open to the public each weekday, the station also provides 24-hour patrol coverage to the sub-district.
The Minister said it was also the first station in the South East Metropolitan District to fully operate with new technology known as TADIS (Tasking and Data Information system), which gives police cars the ability to function as mobile offices, radically improving access to information for police on patrol.
“We have not only expanded police numbers, we are resourcing them,” he said.
“Police expenditure in Western Australia per capita is 18.6 per cent higher than the average of other mainland states, and this is another example of where that money is being spent.”
“Our police continue to do an excellent job and as a Government, we are continuing to provide our hard working officers with up to date facilities to better equip them for their vital roles.”
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