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SSC Newspaper : SS9 February 2011
Enjoy great value meals from just Thursday 10 February at 8pm. In the Ballroom 4 Strathfield Scene february 2011 news Shop! The station that is all front... By Bernadette Chua According to the police, it is open 9am-5pm, seven days a week. residents tell a different story, claiming staffing at Strathfield’s shopfront police station tucked in a corner of the Plaza shopping mall is, well, a little less regular. opened in 2009 after a rent rise forced the closure of a full-time station, Strathfield’s police ‘shopfront’ has enjoyed a chequered career. When the Scene sent a reporter to check on manning levels on Friday 28 January, there appeared to be no officers on duty. The reporter closely monitored the shopfront between 10am and 3pm, but found no officers present during those hours. Telephone calls made to shopfront station went unanswered. our experience contradicts the official police position, which is that the Strathfield shopfront operates seven days a week. But there was a caveat to that: it all depends on available manpower. “ The nSW Police Force operates a shopfront facility at Strathfield, staffed by officers attached to Flemington local area command,” said Phillip rogerson, Flemington local area commander. “dependent upon staff availability and other operational commitments within the local area command, the shopfront is open between 9am and 5pm, seven days a week.” According to the nSW Bureau of crime and Statistics, Strathfield ranked number one in nSW for recorded robberies – ahead of 141 local government areas with populations greater than 3000. But rogerson says that police maintain a strong police presence in Strathfield, both from the shopfront in Strathfield Plaza and via patrols through the municipality. While checking the shopfront, the Scene reporter observed four police officers on foot patrol in the Town Square, but none of them appeared to visit the shopfront. The decision to close the former Strathfield police station caused anger among residents, but Strathfield MP Virginia Judge said at the time the closure would not impact Strathfield. “it’s better you have your services consolidated around this area and we still have the back-up of Flemington,” she said. the strathfield good food guide •K O REA N •I ND IA N •C H I N ESE•JAPA N ESE • M I DD LEEASTER N •P U BS • CAF ES • PATISS ERIES •PR ODU CE•S W EETS gdfdGuideStrathfield CoverAbsF i na l . i ndd 1 15/10/10 6:27 PM The best in local eats out www.ourstrathfield.com.au continued from page 1 Funds for the surveillance cameras are being urgently sought by Strathfield council after an armed raid on a local business. Both Judge and casuscelli say they back the application. Policing Strathfield streets has long been a contentious issue, the more so since the municipality ’s own station was closed in 2009 to save on rental costs. Police opened a ‘shopfront’ in Strathfield Plaza. But many believe it is not staffed frequently enough, and observations by the Scene this week showed it was not manned at all on at least one day. Police claim there is an officer on duty from 9-5, seven days a week...manpower permitting. Judge stated she had fought for additional manpower, delivered a $17 million station at Burwood, and noted there were 17 new officers at Burwood and 27 probationary constables in Flemington Local Area command. She maintained crime had dropped in Burwood by as much as 29 per cent in some instances. casuscelli maintained: “Strathfield is the fourth most dangerous station in the city rail network...Strathfield has no fully functioning police station and under the Labor government, Enfield and Flemington police stations have also been closed.” Big Issue: How to Crack Crime, page 13