The City of Karratha Council has expressed its disappointment at the announcement that WA Police resources will be withdrawn from the community when the North West Water Police, based in Dampier, will be shut down at the end of the month.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said that the North West Water Police had a vital presence in the community especially given their heavy involvement in a number of recent incidents in the City of Karratha and wider Pilbara region.
“It is with great regret that we have learned of the decision to retire WA Water Police vessel Delphinus which is currently based in Dampier,” he said.
“Delphinus has provided a preventative police presence for the region’s critical infrastructure since 2006 and has been heavily involved in a number of security and safety incidents including the recent drug bust in Dampier Port, marine accidents such as The Returner fishing boat sinking, island rescues, and the helicopter incident in Port Hedland.”
“I met with the Pilbara Police Superintendent Paul Coombes and Local Member for the Pilbara Kevin Michel today to express the Council’s concern and we urge the State and Federal Governments to step up to the mark and replace the Delphinus with a new vessel capable of providing these essential services in our remote north-west.“