Police await decision on Wickham station

Peter de KruijffPilbara News

The future of the Wickham Police Station will be made public as soon as an official decision has been made, according to the Pilbara's district superintendent.

Pilbara District Superintendent Pryce Scanlan said there had been no complaints from the community about basing the four Wickham police officers out of the same station as Roebourne police.

Supt Scanlan said the officers continued to live in Wickham and Point Samson, but their merger with Roebourne meant they had been able to roster their own night shift.

There is still an officer-in-charge for the Wickham sub-district.

Supt Scanlan said as soon as official word came through over what would happen with the Wickham station, he would be the first to get the word out to the community.

WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan spoke to ABC radio on September 27, saying there were no planned closures of police stations in the State, except for Wickham.

A WA police spokeswoman reiterated this statement, but made it clear no official decision had been made over the final closure of the station.

"There are no plans to replace or refurbish Wickham Police Station," she said.

"Wickham Police Station became uninhabitable in March this year due to a range of issues."

She said the merging of staff had provided greater rostering flexibility and had since improved police presence and response in both towns.

Supt Scanlan said any decision on closing a police station in WA would have to go through the Upper and Lower house of the State Parliament.

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