Sniffer dogs used in Stirling Terrace police raid
Sgt Conder (above left) and new Toodyay police officer First Class Const. Lucky Moyo with the station’s new Choose Respect banner to support other local organisations – including the Shire of Toodyay – participating in a Bunbury-based WA campaign to “treat others with respect no matter how they treat you”.
A POLICE operation involving sniffer dogs from Federal and State law enforcement agencies resulted in a local man charged in Toodyay with possession of unregistered ammunition, a small amount of cannabis and smoking implements.
The raid on a Stirling Terrace house followed police receiving information of possible stolen firearms at the property.Read more
An Australian Federal Police firearms sniffer dog and a State police drug sniffer dog from Perth were brought to Toodyay to help police execute a search warrant at the rental property.
The offender pleaded guilty to the charges in the Northam Magistrates Court on October 30.
As a result, police obtained further information that led them to an address in Dongara where an unregistered firearm was seized from a man.
Toodyay police have seized several firearms from local properties this year, including two rifles that were confiscated by officers during random checks on rural properties in Morangup.
The rifles were not secured in a locked gun cabinet, as required by law.
Meth drivers targeted
LOCAL police are continuing to target meth (methamphetamine or ‘ice’) drivers on roads throughout the shire.
And as reported previously, drug drivers are continuing to far outnumber drink drivers stopped on local roads.
“I’m pleased people are starting to get the message about not drinking and driving,” Toodyay police chief Sgt Warren Conder said.
“However, drug driving continues to be prevalent in our community.
“We charged about a dozen motorists with drug driving last month compared with only two drink drivers out of about 1500 vehicles stopped locally.
“Most of those charged in roadside tests were local people – only about 20 per cent were from elsewhere.
“Drugs can remain in a person’s body for 24 hours or more and – unlike with drink driving – it is an offence to drive with any detectable amount of illegal drugs in your saliva or blood.
“It’s common also to find illegal drugs and smoking paraphernalia in vehicles when drivers test positive.”
One of the two drink drivers stopped last month had a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08 per cent.
The offence is in the more serious category of drink driving and results in a mandatory court appearance.
The motorist was immediately banned from driving for at least six months and faces a fine of at least $500.
The lesser offence of driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.05 per cent or more results in the issue of an infringement notice, a minimum fine of $400 and the loss of three demerit points.
Probationary, truck, bus and taxi drivers have a zero alcohol limit.
Sgt Conder said local drink or drug drivers should not think they can evade detection by using back roads.
“There’s no set area we patrol for random breath tests,” Sgt Conder said.
“We’ve stopped vehicles in Coondle, Bolgart, Wattening, Julimar and Morangup well as in town.
“And we patrol on gravel roads as well as on the bitumen, day and night.
“It’s unfortunate that drug driving happens, and I’m disappointed in that.
“But if you want to do drugs and drive, there’s a very good chance that sooner or later I’ll be standing in front of you.”
Grab the phone – fast
RESIDENTS are again being asked to report any suspicious activity to police immediately instead of waiting until the next day or later to post on Facebook or make a call.
In a recent weekend case, a town resident reported six to eight young children throwing rocks onto roofs and smashing a window in Jubilee Street at about 1.30am.
Two more people reported the incident to local police next morning and it was posted later on Facebook.
“It’s a hard decision with limited resources to respond to complaints based on a single call that requires off-duty police or officers already busy elsewhere to be called out from Toodyay or Northam to attend,” Sgt Conder said.
“Had we received multiple calls on the night, we would have gone there straight away and most likely caught the offenders.
“I understand that some people don’t feel it necessary to call or the incident may seem trivial at the time but waiting until the next day to tell police or post it on Facebook may mean police can’t make an accurate assessment at the time.
“In this case, the offenders have long left the scene and unless we have video security camera footage, catching anyone becomes extremely difficult if not impossible.”
“If several people see or hear something of concern, they should all ring 131 444 straight away and we will respond as fast as possible.
Sgt Conder also said it was important for local parents to know where their children were at night.
“Some of these children were as young as seven and needed to be home in bed instead of out roaming our streets in the early hours of the morning.”