Police drugs crackdown helps cut crime rate

Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer
Narrogin police are taking proactive action and doing search warrants to target drugs.
Camera IconNarrogin police are taking proactive action and doing search warrants to target drugs. Credit: Supplied

Narrogin police Sergeant Mike Bickford has praised his fellow officers for reducing the crime rate in town, as shown by the latest figures.

WA police statistics, updated on a quarterly basis, have shown an overall 42 per cent fall in offences in Narrogin, with 200 recorded over the past three months, compared with 347 in the previous three-month period.

Sgt Bickford said he was pleased to see the crime rate fall, after a spike in several offences at the start of the financial year.

“Our guys have been doing a really great job maintaining pressure on people known to us to be regularly committing these offences,” he said.

“We’ve seen a good downturn in the number of burglaries in the area and we are hoping that trend continues, but we’re also taking proactive action and doing search warrants to target drugs, which are often a big driver for burglaries being committed.

“There is also a common correlation between drug use and family violence — so generally, across the board, if you target one offence it will usually help reduce others.”

According to the recent data, non-dwelling burglaries fell 60 per cent in the last quarter, while family-related assault more than halved in numbers in the July-September period, compared to the three months prior.

Sgt Bickford said WA police took a very strong stance against domestic violence and were using all their resources to tackle it.

“Even if we can’t charge a person because of insufficient evidence or lack of co-operation by involved people, we’ll issue a police order and ensure we follow it up, make regular checks and ensure they’re compliant with it.”

“We expect that people can rehabilitate and we want to see relationships rehabilitate, however we are very attuned to the cycle of family violence and we want to put an end to it.”

Sgt Bickford emphasised the importance of the community being “the eyes on the streets” and helping the police tackle crime by reporting anything suspicious.

“Look, crime isn’t a police problem — it’s a community problem,” he said.

“We obviously tackle it head-on but we do operate closely with the community, so if they see a family violence incident or suspected drug dealing or any other suspicious activity, we really need that information.

“It might seem small and innocuous to you, but it just might be a puzzle piece to fit into a bigger picture for us.”

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