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Katanning police community update

Sergeant Ben ReevesGreat Southern Herald
Senior Sergeant Ben Reeves.
Camera IconSenior Sergeant Ben Reeves. Credit: ThinkUKnow Australia

On behalf of all of the staff at the Katanning Police Station, I want to wish you all a happy new year and thank you for your combined efforts in assisting police in what was a steady Christmas period.

Through a combined effort of community engagement, high-visibility patrols and pro-active inquiries, 21 people were arrested and charged with 28 offences, ranging from drug/alcohol affected driving, drug dealing/possession, burglary, stealing and family violence offences over the Christmas/new year period.

A big thank you to drivers in and around town as the behaviour exhibited was excellent. It has to be said, however, that some are still not getting the point in relation to drink/drug driving, mobile phone use and the use of seatbelts. These particular offences will be actively targeted, along with vehicle road-worthiness in the lead-up to the Easter holiday break.

Please be mindful of an increase in foot and bicycle traffic around Wednesday on February 1, when school starts back up for 2023. Please pay attention and be on the lookout for our kids as they cross roads and driveways, remembering also, that 40km/h zones apply during school drop-off and pick-up times during week days.

Be aware that criminal behaviour posted to social media does not constitute a report to police. We do not monitor social media for police reports and rely on members of the public to utilise our non-emergency number, 131 444, and alternatively, our emergency only number at 000 for all information pertaining to active reports of criminal offending in the community.

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