City expands Community Safety Program with $150K Funding Boost

Published on Friday, 21 June 2024 at 2:59:23 PM

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the State Government are pleased to announce that $150,000 in funding will be provided for the purchase of three additional community safety patrol vehicles with enhanced surveillance capabilities.

In a joint effort to ensure community safety in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, this funding supports the ongoing efforts of the City’s Safer Streets Patrol with a particular focus on our central business districts and main streets.

The new vehicles will have 360-degree camera surveillance, GPS location tracking, and specialised lighting to enhance the team’s ability to detect, respond to, and report issues.

The vehicles will complement and support the delivery of an expanded Safer Streets Program (SSP) being considered by Council as part of the 2024/25 budget. The expanded program is proposed to increase both the SSP's hours of operation and the number of days of operation from five to seven.

The SSP was first initiated in 2018 and has been instrumental in responding to safety issues in public spaces across the city and supporting the Police. Patrol Officers conduct regular patrols of the Kalgoorlie and Boulder CBDs, diffuse conflicts and disturbances, assist individuals with accessing transport services, and assist with unauthorised camping.

Patrol Officers also engage with businesses and residents to build community relationships in order to monitor and regulate crime and antisocial behaviour. They assist businesses by providing an additional response service during operational hours liaising with them on a daily basis.

Comments attributed to Mayor Glenn Wilson:

"This City welcomes this important funding, which will significantly enhance our efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of our community. The new patrol vehicles will enable our Safer Streets Patrol team to expand their reach and effectiveness.”

"With these new resources, our patrol teams will be better equipped to respond to incidents, engage with the community, and support local businesses."

“We’ve listened to the concerns and feedback of our residents and businesses and are committed to progressing community safety initiatives as outlined in our Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan which is reviewed annually.”

“The City has been actively seeking support from both State and Federal Governments in order to enhance our community safety initiatives, and we’re pleased to receive this support, which will see a visible on-the-ground outcome to deter anti-social behaviour in our community.”

“These patrol vehicles will enable us to provide quicker and more effective responses to safety concerns and to support the police, reinforcing our commitment to working with the State Government in ensuring a safer Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”

Comments attributed to Ali Kent MLA Member for Kalgoorlie:

“We need to change the way we deal with crime and anti-social behaviour in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”

“I have spent months talking to residents and businesses about anti-social behaviour and feel this partnership is going to be a ‘game changer’ for our community.”

“I have advocated strongly for this funding and I’m delighted that the Cook Labor Government is contributing $150,000 towards purchasing these crucial vehicles that will make this dedicated security patrol service within our City a reality.”

“The anti-social behaviour we’ve experienced in Kalgoorlie-Boulder is unacceptable, and this service will complement the great work of WA Police to keep our community safe.”

“I care deeply about the safety of our community - this is great news for safety and great news for Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”

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