South West Police Complex upgrade officially opened

South West police officers with community members and WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson, Police Minister Michelle Roberts and Bunbury MLA Don Punch at the opening of the upgraded police complex.
South West police officers with community members and WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson, Police Minister Michelle Roberts and Bunbury MLA Don Punch at the opening of the upgraded police complex.

The official opening of the upgraded South West Police Complex will allow the community to unite and strengthen the ability to protect the innocent.

These were the words of Dennis Jetta who spoke at the official opening of the new police building on Friday, March 2.

The re-opening was a chance to raise the Aboriginal flag alongside the Australian flag, which WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said was symbolic of recognising the role indigenous people play in the community.

“We must walk together to improve the relationship between community and police,” he said.

The multi-million dollar complex took over a year to complete but now has the capacity for 39 extra staff.

Police minister Michelle Roberts declared the building open and said the new facility allowed police to have the necessary support and resources to keep the community safe.

“A police station is an important liaison point for the community and it is important that a modern station provides for a mix of police needs and public comforts,” she said.

“The upgraded South West Police Complex will cater for future population growth and provide staff with better facilities to co-ordinate local crime strategies.”

The new facility was designed by D’Agostina architects, built by Perkins builders and included an expansion of the operational areas, upgraded staff amenities, upgraded CCTV systems, new public interview rooms and replacement of the air-conditioning system.

As part of the occasion six past and present police officers were recognised for their commitment to the service with a National Police Service Medal, they had served a combined 125 years.

Retired officers Gary Timms, Michael Taylor and Mal Hicks alongside Ian Jansen, Gary Simpson and Leslie Smith were all presented with a service medal.

“I would like to congratulate Detective Sergeant Gary Simpson, Sergeant Ian Jansen and Senior Constable Leslie Smith; and retired sergeants Gary Timms, Mick Taylor and Mal Hicks, and recognise the contribution they have made to keeping the community safe,” Ms Roberts said.