Firebugs Continue to be Targeted Despite DFES Youth Fire Deterrent Success

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has claimed that deliberately lit fires during summer by Western Australians remain a serious issue, despite successfully deterring young people from deliberately lighting fires. DFES said that it’s Juvenile and Family Fire Alert (JAFFA) program had been effective in preventing juveniles from becoming repeat firebugs, but concerns…

Police Officers Acknowledged for Work in the Line of Duty

WA Police have recognised the best of its police force, celebrating the achievements of its officers. The police force acknowledged the best individual officer and team in its WA Police Excellence Awards as a testament to the work of WA Police. “We strive to make this an exceptional police force,” Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said.…

ATO Scam Reports, Losses Rise as Consumer Protection Warns Vigilance

Consumer Protection has warned about increasing tax scams, following a rise in reports and victims losing nearly $80,000. The organisation has issued an alert over the increasing incidence of reports and financial fraud in an effort to reduce the losses. 21 victims have so far reported the tax debt scam to WAScamNet in 2018 after…

Strike Force Vulcan Launched Ahead of Summer Fire Season

WA Police have continued the crackdown on arsonists, relaunching its fire prevention and intervention initiative over summer. Police Minister Michelle Roberts launched Strike Force Vulcan along with the Department of Fire and Emergency on Thursday, to reduce and prevent the incidence of bushfires by arson and reckless behaviour. “This time of the year there is…

Second Fire Hits Subiaco Bar

A Subiaco bar has been targeted by an arson attack for the second time in a week in the early hours of this morning. At about 4:10am, police were called to the fire at the Voyeur Bar in Hay Street. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services attended the building and extinguished the fire. Arson…

WA to Develop Climate Change Policy For Future

A new climate change policy is on the cards for WA, with the State Government planning a better environment for future generations. The McGowan Government acknowledged that it has a role to play while recognising that the Federal Government must lead the way at a national level. “Many climate change issues are already being addressed…

New Laws to Give Police, Security Agencies Access to Encrypted Messages in Serious Crime

Police and intelligence agencies will be empowered to access encrypted messages under new laws that will help fight terrorism and serious crimes. The laws, which are expected to pass parliament this week, will give police access to messages on encrypted social media applications including WhatsApp, used in criminal activity. The Federal Government made a deal…

Police Appeal For Help to Find Woman Missing in Victoria Park

WA Police are calling for public help to find a 25-year-old woman missing in Victoria Park since Monday. Jade Diana Stillwell was last seen in the vicinity of Mackie Street at around 7pm. She is described as being 160cm tall, with brown hair cut short, brown eyes and a fair complexion. Ms Stillwell was last…

Brunswick Crash Leaves One Dead, Two Injured

One person has died and two others has been seriously injured in a crash near Brunswick overnight. At about 11:00pm on Tuesday, a white Holden Commodore carrying three occupants was driving south on South Western Highway. Police said the vehicle was entering the outer skirts of the Brunswick Junction town site entered a slight left…

Federal Government Improves Firefighting With $26 million Boost

Australia’s firefighting systems will be overhauled to better equip firefighters to face dangerous and unpredictable fires. Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed the plan on Wednesday to inject $26 million in a funding boost to improve current firefighting measures across the country. The improvements will include $5.85 million to update of the ageing national fire danger…