Regional Enforcement Unit Expands

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Police officers standing in front of police cars.

Assistant Commissioner Specialist and Support Services, Paul Zanetti, recently joined officers from State Traffic on a regional patrol.

The country patrol coincided with the expansion of the Regional Enforcement Unit (REU), where an additional 14 officers were recruited to bring the REU to its full operational strength.

The REU, which comprises three sergeants and 22 constables, has been established to provide a high visibility policing presence on our regional highways. 

Patrols are focused on the higher risk regional roads within a 400km radius of Perth, where fatal and serious crashes are disproportionately higher.

Deployment to regional roads outside of the 400km radius occurs periodically based on an assessment of risk, intelligence and potential benefits for improved road safety outcomes.

REU will work alongside local regional officers and can be complemented with additional resources, such as motorcycle patrols and the Breath and Drug bus operations, to conduct enforcement patrols and operations in regional locations.

AC Zanetti said there are huge opportunities to work closely with regional colleagues to target illegal driver behaviour and support their efforts to keep people safe on regional roads