No Police Station for Baldivis.
In December 2016 the Liberal State government opened up the brand new $8m police station in Mundijong and The station accommodates up to 30 officers and up to 44 officers with minor modifications.
The new facility includes office and meeting areas, charge room and interview rooms for processing detainees, storage, staff amenities room, gymnasium and locker/shower facilities.
The Police Minister of the time said – “This new station will cater for future policing needs, population growth, local land developments, increased tourism, high demand for police services by the general public and the ongoing police service to the expanding communities between Armadale and Mundijong,” she said.
Many people in Baldivis looked upon that new station with envious eyes and many have asked why there is no Police Station in Baldivis.
What are the crime rates actually currently like here in Baldivis?
At first glance you will see from this graph that offences have risen year on year. However you need to offset this with the rapid growth in the population over that time period which has grown from around 15,000 to the current 35,000 (approximate) residents who call Baldivis home.
Currently Baldivis is policed by Kwinana Station (from July 1st this will change and see Rockingham police service Baldivis) as part of the new Commissioners district changes. Local police have reported that most crime stats are on the decline with the exception family domestic violence issues. In fact the following two charts with enforce that view. (both taken from the police website)
All in all crime is generally on the decline, or this could simply show that less people are actually reporting crime to to police (which would be a shame as less resources will be allocated if there are less reports)
The Decision of the State Government.
CR Whitfield is an ex police officer here in WA and whilst his personal opinion is that a Police Station here in Baldivis would be a waste of money when compared to the potential for more ‘boots on the ground’ he wrote to the current Minister for Police to ask for the official stance of the State Government to provide clarity for the community and the response is below for you.
In brief – There are no immediate plans for a Police Station in Baldivis’