Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Premier Colin Barnett said the justice complex would nearly triple the number of courtrooms from two to up to five and accommodate up to 315 police officers, a big increase on the 80 officers currently working from the police station.
"This Liberal National Government is continuing to deliver improvements to community safety through significant upgrades to police and justice complexes like this project at Armadale," Mr Barnett said.
"Not only will this project enhance community safety in the region, it will create hundreds of construction jobs, and additional police and court workers, which will be a boost to the local economy."
Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said the new police station would be a major regional hub for local police teams, rapid response teams and detectives.
"This project recognises the growing needs of the south-east metropolitan corridor and will equip officers with the latest resources to help combat crime and anti-social behaviour in Armadale and surrounding suburbs," Ms Harvey said.
"Since 2008, the State Government has invested $400 million in building new, replacing old and conducting major refurbishments on police stations across Western Australia."
Attorney General Michael Mischin said the new justice centre complex would ease pressure on the court system and enable the State Government to appoint additional Magistrates and court staff.
"By increasing the number of courtrooms and Magistrates we will be able to reduce the time between offenders being charged, convicted and potentially locked up," Mr Mischin said.