Brad Waghorn

After serving almost 20 years with the WA Police service, Brad Waghorn is contending for the City of Perth council election “determined to secure our city”.

“However admirably the battle for a safer city is being fought, it has not been won,” he said. “I think the answer to Perth crime is more police, not more security.

“Security surveillance cameras play a big part but it’s not going to be productive unless it’s combined with more police on the ground.

“There is a lack of police resourcing and we, as a city, should be pressing for more. A greater police presence is always a proven deterrent.

“There should be even more railway patrolmen. I’m not an advocate of subcontracted security companies and believe this is the domain of the police entirely.

“I would not welcome the WA Government giving such companies more power.”

Mr Waghorn said it was important council to quickly establish a dialogue with the newly appointed police commissioner “so he knows what we will expect from him”.

If elected, Mr Waghorn said he was committed to creating a partnership between council and ratepayers, and wanted to further encourage tourism to the state.

“I’m all for business investments, and believe the inner city should be developed,” he said.

“I’d like to see more inner city residences,” he said.

Mr Waghorn also advocates an increase in the CATS public transport system.

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