FREMANTLE Police has doubled its daytime squads in a bid to stamp out anti-social and aggressive behaviour in the CBD.
Officer-in-charge Kellie Taylor is trialling foot patrols with eight officers, instead of four.
“It fits with the function of the station, we’ll implement it permanently,” Senior Sergeant Taylor says.
“I envisage people will notice a significant increase in police presence during the day.”
The change to Operation Peyton, an ongoing daily patrol targeting crime and antisocial behaviour, came after talks with council staff earlier this year.
Staff highlighted inadequate response times and a need for visible police presence.
People disturbing the peace can expect to be issued a “move on order”, banning them from the area for 24 hours.
by EMMIE DOWLING