A new police station based in Fremantle will become the centrepiece of improved WA Police’s crime fighting resources, following new funding to boost its services.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts made the announcement on Thursday, that will see a $96.5 million injection for “safer, modern facilities” as part of the WA Recovery Plan
In the plan, $52.6 million will go towards the construction of a police station in Fremantle, to be built on South Terrace near the corner of Parry Street.
$23.5 million will be spent on refurbishments and upgrades at 15 police stations across regional and metropolitan WA, while $14.2 million in improvements will be carried out at five multifunctional police stations in remote regional WA.
Along with the refurbishments, $4.2 million has been set aside to construct a new wharf and jetty for the Fremantle Headquarters of the Water Police.
The remaining WA Police Force analogue radio network in the Kimberley will also be upgraded with $2 million devoted.
Maintenance and refurbishment works are expected to get underway within weeks.
It is expected to boost jobs.
The refurbishment works follows the State Government’s investment into WA policing, following construction of the new Capel Police Station nearing completion.
Its $85.8 million Armadale Courthouse and Police Complex is also due to be completed next year.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts said it will provide “better and more effective” facilities for WA Police.
“They will support local jobs for local people, delivering social and economic outcomes in the suburbs and throughout regional Western Australia as we recovery from COVID-19,” Mrs Roberts said.
She added that it would improve the resources officers need to do their job.
“I’m particularly pleased we’ve been able to secure money on budget to build a state of the art complex for our police officers in Fremantle,” Mrs Roberts said.
“Our police have been doing a magnificent job, especially during the COVID lockdown and we are doing our bit to ensure they have the facilities and equipment they need to do their job.”