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Community Safety Officers

The City’s Community Safety Officers are responsible for enforcing local laws in relation to Ranger related duties as well as provide a mediation role to assist the Police, business community, locals and visitors to Fremantle.

Officers conduct security patrols of the CBD and surrounding suburbs using bicycles and vehicles and are on duty from 7.00 am to 9.00 pm, seven days a week. Particular attention is given to areas where anti-social activity is known to occur and the well-known dog exercise areas within the City’s boundaries.

The City's officers strive to be the first responders to anti-social or nuisance behaviour and low level criminal activity such as street drinking and shop lifting. If you require assistance, the City's Community Safety Officers can be contacted on 1300 360 666.

As part of council's zero tolerance approach to criminal, anti-social and nuisance behaviour, the City of Fremantle has authorised the Community Safety team to issue infringements for street drinking and nuisance behaviour in public places under an existing local law. These powers will not extend to private property.

Security patrols will be extended to 2.00 am on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with the team focusing on dealing with low level criminal activity within the City’s car parks, main streets and the surrounding suburbs.

The team can be contacted on 1300 360 666 if you wish to report any issues or require security patrols of a location.

Eyes on the Street

The City of Fremantle is an active partner in the Eyes on the Street initiative, a coordinated intelligence gathering program which encourages state government agencies, local governments and businesses to identify and record suspicious behaviour and report it to police. The program aims to establish partnerships between the Office of Crime Prevention, Western Australian Police and organisations whose workers spend their days on the streets and are therefore in the best position to witness and report suspicious or criminal activity.

Eyes on the Street increases police intelligence about goings-on in the local area and the high visibility of members' branded vehicles helps deter crime.

There are currently 172 Eyes on the Street partners, including:

  • major shopping centres
  • local governments including the City of Fremantle
  • educational institutions
  • government agencies/departments
  • industry bodies.

As part of a suburban community safety initiative, the City’s officers provide a daily ‘Eyes on the Street’ surveillance presence in community safety branded vehicles between the hours of 7.00 am to 5.00 pm. Officers and community members can work together by reporting suspicious activities or incidents to the police on 131 444.

If you would like to request a a vehicular patrol by the City's officers between 7.00 am and 5.00 pm, please call 1300 360 666 and the officers will be happy to help.

Closed Circuit Television

The City has installed CCTV cameras which are monitored over the busiest periods of the day and night. The network allows monitoring staff to alert police, Nyoongar Patrol and a range of other services to incidents of antisocial behaviour as they occur, allowing them to respond before the incident escalates. The footage recorded by the CCTV cameras may also be used as evidence in the prosecution of offenders by police and the City. Over the next few years the City is intending to expand its existing CCTV network to cover more of the CBD.

The City also has a mobile CCTV unit that can be placed in identified hotspots or be used at special events. View the locations of the CCTV cameras.

Nyoongar Patrol

Nyoongar Patrol (also known as Walyup Mort), is partly funded by the City of Fremantle and performs a vital role in reducing anti-social behavior on our streets. The Nyoongar Patrol aims to reduce negative interaction and conflict between indigenous people with law enforcement agencies using mediation skills. The patrol provides free transportation out of the City to those that require it and offers referrals to other agencies when needed. They also deliver social and welfare services to indigenous people who are homeless, affected by substances, display anti-social behaviour, are a risk to themselves and the general community.

Patrol times are:
Monday to Thursday: 11.30 am-6.30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 8.30 pm-3.30 am.

To contact the Nyoongar Patrol phone 0405 307 132.

eWatch

WA Police and Neighbourhood Watch WA have partnered to deliver ewatch, an online local community safety initiative. Ewatch is an email based system that connects residents to their local police and council. Residents who join ewatch recieve regular email updates on crime trends and statistics, safety initiatives, emerging issues and events that are specific to their area. For more information and to join, please go to www.ewatch.com.au