Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Unprecedented summer crime blitz to deliver increased police presence across WA

    17/11/2019 9:00 AM
    • Increased police presence on the streets to help keep Western Australians safe
    • $5 million in additional funding to provide more than 50,000 additional police hours
    • Significantly increased patrols in suburban centres and regional cities across WA 

    The McGowan Government has launched a massive summer crime blitz, providing $5 million in additional funding for increased police patrols around our State this summer.


    The operation has been timed to run from December 1 to May 31 to tackle the rise in crime rates historically experienced during the summer period.


    Operation Heat Shield will result in a significantly increased police presence in suburban and regional centres across the State and will be on a scale never before seen in Western Australia.


    Highly visible police patrols will be stepped up at suburban centres, the Perth CBD and shopping, entertainment and transport hubs, to deter anti-social behaviour and provide reassurance to the public.


    The $5 million funding package will enable police to boost the number of shifts and pro-active patrols, by delivering a massive 55,000 additional policing hours.


    It will also allow police to do more co-ordinated operations targeting burglary, retail theft and family violence perpetrators.


    Mounted section, K-9 unit, Regional Operations Group, Juvenile Action Group, bike and beat patrols will all be part of what will be the most co-ordinated and targeted police blitz the State has seen.


    Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "We know historically there is a spike in crime over the summer months, so this is about being pro-active and giving the community reassurance.


    "Whilst these types of operations have been run in the past, the McGowan Government is providing record funding to ensure a sustained effort by police across the State.


    "It's because of the McGowan Government's strong financial management, that we're in a position to provide this unprecedented boost to police operations.


    "Compared to the Barnett-Harvey era, overall crime is down and our aim is to continue to cut crime by providing our police with the resources they need."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900