The first permanent police facility ever to be established in the Western Desert area, the new Jigalong Multi-Functional Police Facility, was officially opened today.
Costing more than $4million, the Jigalong facility was established as a direct result of the Gordon Inquiry and completes the State Government’s initial commitment to build nine MFPFs.
Police Minister John Kobelke said the new Jigalong MFPF would help the remote community become safer and strengthen the relationships between residents, police and other Government agencies.
“The permanent presence of police in the community has already had an effect and strategies are being implemented to continue this trend to ensure it is a safe and secure environment,” Mr Kobelke said.
The MFPFs have already proven to be very successful in the communities of Balgo, Bidyadanga, Dampier Peninsular, Kalumburu, Kintore, Warakurna, Warburton and Warmun where they have already been operating.
Staffing of the new Jigalong facility includes two police officers and one child protection worker, with the MFPFs designed to house Government agencies tasked with providing a complete service to remote Aboriginal communities as directed by the Gordon Inquiry.
“It is pleasing to see Jigalong community’s welcome and acceptance of Senior Sergeant Brian Dance and Sergeant John Garlett as part of their community,” the Minister said.
Mr Kobelke said the Jigalong MFPF had an interview room, video interview room, a charge room, two holding cells and a multi-function room that had built-in facilities to be operated as a court room, enabling regular court proceedings to be conducted without requiring community members to travel to other regional centres.
An important place for culture and lore within the Western Desert region, the Jigalong community of about 200-400 people is approximately 165 kilometres east of Newman.
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