Ballajura Police Station not 24/7
What they promised
Liberals for 24hr 7 Day Police Station- Liberal Trailer during the State Election
What they say now
At this stage it is not anticipated that it will be a district 24-hour counter-service police station.- Liza Harvey - 8/5/13
31 Jul 2013 - Police Minister Liza Harvey has backed down from statements made during the 2013 Election Campaign that the new Ballajura police station would be open 24 hours.
In September 2009 the Barnett Government made a decision to close the Ballajura Police Station. This was met with strong local community opposition with the Commissioner for Police Karl O'Callaghan attending a community forum in September 2011.
The local Member of Parliament Rita Saffioti continued to campaign against the decision to close the station.
In February 2013 following an announcement by the Labor Party to establish a new police station in Ballajura if elected, the Liberal Party announced a similar plan (Eastern Reporter, 12 February 2013). The commitment was for a new $12.5 million dollar station housing 21 officers and operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
As part of the Liberals' campaign in the area, the announcement was widely publicised including on flashing road signs indicating a 24/7 operation.
Following the election of the Barnett Government and in response to questions from Rita Saffioti in Parliament, the Police Minister Liza Harvey has since confirmed that the police station will not be a 24 hour counter service police station:
"At this stage it is not anticipated that it will be a district 24-hour counter-service police station. To be very, very clear to members in the house: all of our police stations in every suburb in the metropolitan area have police officers who operate out of those stations at night, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is coverage across the entire metropolitan area 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from our police stations. Ballajura police station will have officers rostered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That policing will occur consistent with our other stations." - Liza Harvey 8 May 2013 (Hansard)