Western Australia Minister for Police Rob Johnson
$19.1 Million Boost For Police Resources In Karratha
Victor P Taffa
Police Minister Rob Johnson and Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan visited Karratha today to open the new $17.5 Million Pilbara Police Complex, which will significantly boost Police presence in the region.
Mr Johnson said the 24-hour a day, seven days a week station would cater for up to 62 staff and had been designed to enable additional Police officers to be based there in the future.
The new complex at the corner of Welcome and Balmoral roads, is co-located with the Karratha Courthouse, Community Justice Services, Karratha Volunteer Fire Brigade, State Emergency Service and St. John’s Ambulance.
The Minister said in addition to the new complex, a new $1.6 Million hangar had been built at Karratha airport to house the Police plane, a Pilatus PC-12.
“The mining and resources industries are again creating a flourishing economy for Western Australia’s north and its imperative that we keep Government services in line with community growth and expectations.” the Minister said.
“The new Police complex and air wing hangar will ensure local Police officers have the resources they need in their efforts to reduce crime in the Pilbara region.”
“The new Police station has significantly increased the working area for officers and has a range of modern facilities including CCTV surveillance, video interview rooms, a holding cell, four detention cells, a padded cell, exercise yard and a charge dock.” the Minister said.
“The lock-up has a separate breathalyser room and a purpose-built non-contact prisoner/lawyer consultation room, with a covered access area providing a direct link between the station’s detention area and the courthouse.”
Karratha Police Station would be open to the public from 8 am to 6 pm on week days.
A Justice of the Peace service will be introduced on Thursday evenings which will extend the station’s opening hours on this day.