THE McGOWAN government is reportedly close to choosing a site for a permanent police station in Fremantle, with two East End properties in the box seat.
Last November the government sought expressions of interest from landlords in Fremantle to house the new station, pre-empting a Corruption and Crime Commission report which found the current, temporary station on High Street was unsafe.
The CCC found the lockup had contributed to the suffering of a woman arrested on New Years Eve 2017, who was dragged up a set of stairs despite having a dislocated leg.
Police minister Michelle Roberts told Parliament late last month there had been many complaints from officers about the suitability of the former bank as a police station (though the Chook will lament the day there’ll be no reminder cops are in the “nab business”).
“The people in Fremantle were not happy either because Fremantle Police Station does not have adequate parking there in High Street in Fremantle,” Ms Roberts said.
That sentiment was echoed by city ward councillor Adin Lang, who told the Herald he couldn’t wait until the police parking bays could be “returned” to High Street businesses.
“There’s the ones on High Street, and then there’s half of Leake Street behind; to lose that many bays in your main shopping area is hardly ideal,” Cr Lang said. He was pleased East End properties were in the mix, hoping a police presence there would help curb anti-social behaviour.