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SSC Newspaper : May 2012
By Bernadette Chua N ew transport police offic- ers will target crime in and around Strathfield Station in a campaign to keep commuters safe. From May 1, 300 police officers will be deployed across station platforms and trains where they will be able to make arrests and detain criminals. Transport Police Commissioner, Detective Superintendent Max Mitchell, told the Strathfield Scene that police have identified the area as a problem for petty crime and the extra transport officers will assist Fleming- ton Local Area Command to prevent incidents. Combining forces with RailCorp, Mitchell says the new commuter crime unit will clean up Strathfield Station. “ We recognise that Strathfield is a place of concern for the commuter public. The police need good information and good intelligence to then allow targeted tasking,” he said. “I want to see our police tasked and deployed to areas such as Strathfield, which has a large commuter interchange and a large CBD area where a lot of things occur in and around the station.” Mitchell says the new taskforce has powers to arrest people and detain them – which RailCorp transit offic- ers did not, leading to problems for commuter safety. “From criminal infringement notices to actual arrests, the problem with transit officers was that they couldn’t make a physical arrest and that was an enormous problem,” he said. “ They would engage but that was the extent of how far they could go with things. We can deal with a situa- tion right then and there, whether it is detaining , arresting or just basically taking particulars and infringing them with a notice. The other thing is that we can move people on.” Youth and alcohol-related crime is a major problem at stations, Mitchell said, and the transport police will may 2012 news 4 Strathfield Scene Cops vow to tackle crime at rail station Constable Ryan Pham and Constable Phil Smith patrol Strathfield Station. work closely with Flemington LAC’s youth liaison officers to prevent crime. “ The alarming aspect, according to the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, is the amount of youth-re- lated crime. We will be looking at trends like whether certain young people are coming from one school,” said Mitchell. The new breed of police officers will have more face-to-face contact with Strathfield businesses, residents and commuters to get a bet- ter understanding of their surround- ings, he said. Mitchell says this is the most im- portant message he wants to get out to the general public – that police are watching. “ The officers will be going out into the community and speaking with business owners. And they will defi- nitely be going into pubs and getting to know the local community.” “I hope to see greater reporting of crime in the shorter term and people will have confidence that they know police are doing this work and we need to let them know what’s going on. And there are people to assist and investigate.” Through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, Mitchell says his team will encourage commuters to report crime and build an online commuter community. “This is going to be a great source of information from the commuting public,” Mitchell added. Open Morning PRE-KINDERGARTEN TO YEAR 12 10-12 Redmyre Road Strathfield NSW 2135 Telephone 61 2 9752 9444 Email email@example.com Website www.meriden.nsw.edu.au For further information or to register for Open Morning, contact Mrs Gina Malley, Registrar on 9752 9444. Open Morning – Wednesday 23 May – 9.30am to 10.30am Meriden’s Kindergarten is an energetic environment filled with creativity, curiosity, discover y and laughter. It is here that our students begin to develop a lifelong love of learning, guided by caring teachers who recognise and nurture their individual strengths. Come and experience this lively place, meet the teachers and learn about our innovative programs. inspiring young minds In brief gun crime Three charged with robbery Police have charged three people following an armed robbery in Strathfield last month. About 12.45am on Sunday March 25, four men, all 21 years of age, were sitting in a car in Shortland Avenue when they were approached by two men armed with a gun. The two men threatened the group and took property including mobile phones from them. They escaped in a car driven by a woman. Police from Flemington Local Area Command investigated the robbery and arrested a 21-year-old man, a 16-year-old boy and a 19-year-old woman. taser used Siege arrest A 41-year-old Strathfield man has been charged with unspecified offences after a siege in Pemberton Street on April 16. The man barricaded himself in his neighbour’s home and allegedly armed himself with a knife. Police arrested the man and used a Taser after he allegedly threatened his neighbours with a crowbar, threatened to set their home on fire and started to throw plates at officers. plaza event Orchid show The Western Suburbs Orchid Society is planning to show its finest flowers at Strathfield Plaza. The free show will give ideas on how to start an orchid garden and members will be on hand to explain their passions. The show runs from May 10 to May 13 from 10am to 2pm. eyewatch gives online updates EyeWatch, a new program launched by the police will be an online community site, which includes Facebook and Twitter where commuters, residents and businesses can access information about the latest police updates. The police are encouraging people to use the network to report any incidents that occur on and around the train lines, which include assaults, robberies and any unsocial behaviour. To check out what’s hap- pening in the area, visit www. facebook.com/FlemingtonLAC