Summer Solution at Hillarys Boat Harbour
After securing acceptance and assistance from a range of stakeholders, Hillarys Police have enjoyed a generally incident-free summer at the Boat Harbour, combining engagement and enforcement to achieve some great results.
Hillarys Senior Constable Jim Armstrong said after some highly publicised problems in the area last year, a comprehensive policing response was developed. “The marina is a high profile tourist destination and popular with locals as well, attracting literally millions of visitors every year,” he said.
“We set out to make sure a safe, friendly environment was maintained, while leaving no doubt the marina was not the place to cause trouble or commit offences. Marina Management, MCS Security and business owners could not have been more supportive, with Director of the Aqua Island Water Park, Samantha Crawford a terrific ally.
“Providing kids with access to the Water Park to reward or encourage good behaviour has been a huge carrot and after support from WA Police Community Engagement Division and local business sponsorship, we have been able to use this to our advantage by offering kids discounted or free entry,” SC Armstrong said.
Hillarys Police have also had support from Traffic Enforcement Group (TEG) and Joondalup District Youth Engagement officers who helped to maintain a high visibility police presence in the area.
“TEG ran booze bus operations in the local area for example, which complemented regular patrols by uniformed officers and added to the public perception that police were on hand.
“Another very successful strategy has been to follow up on minor damage offences where a suspect was able to be readily identified. These types of offences tend to go unreported since the dollar values involved are often low. Getting the complainant, the offender and the parents together has resulted in apologies and/or payment of damages which has quickly amplified our reach, while avoiding any involvement with the justice system for the young person involved.”
Planning is already underway for next summer, with Hillarys Police vowing to deliver something even bigger and better following the success of the current initiatives.