Commissioner recognises fishers’ border security help

Geraldton Guardian
WA Police Commissioner met Geraldton crayfishermen on Wednesday.
Camera IconWA Police Commissioner met Geraldton crayfishermen on Wednesday. Credit: WA Fishing Industry Council

WA’s top cop travelled to Geraldton today to pay tribute to the key role fishermen played in detecting drug smugglers and biosecurity threats.

“Due to its remoteness and isolation, Western Australia’s Mid-West has been identified as one of the hotspots for illegal activity including drug imports and invasive species threats,” Commissioner Chris Dawson said.

“In order to help fight the war on crime and keep our environment safe, WA’s professional fishers have partnered with WA Police to be the ‘eyes and ears’ on the water.”

Mr Dawson made the formal announcement last month, and today met Geraldton crayfishermen to explain the strategic importance of border security collaboration along with WA Fishing Industry Council and Western Rock Lobster Council representatives.

He recognised all involved in the recent $1 billion cocaine, ecstasy and methylamphetamine bust at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands by presenting Geraldton Professional Fishermen’s Association chair Justin Pirrottina with an award.

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