Geraldton Police are said they are on hand to help fill gaps in other Mid West centres as WA struggles with a shortage of country cops. New figures tabled in State Parliament this week show there are 110 unfilled police positions in country WA. It comes as some regional WA towns, such as Carnarvon, are in the midst of an alcohol-fuelled crime wave which has now forced government officials to look into wide-ranging alcohol restrictions. But Geraldton Police OIC Sen. Sgt Chris Martin said there was a full complement of staff in Geraldton and they are able to help out other towns when needed. “We do on occasion deploy some of our staff to regional areas such as Carnarvon and Meekatharra, or whereever in the Mid West-Gascoyne district where additional police officers are required for a number of reasons whether it be community pressures, leave, vacancies etc.,” he said. “There may be some wider vacancies in the agency but we certainly manage them very well in the Mid West-Gascoyne and we’re very committed.” “Everyone that comes to Geraldton Police Station know they may be deployed to Carnarvon, to Meekatharra or a smaller station such as Morawa, and luckily they’re all very happy to do it because they understand the commitment they’ve made to the community to make it safer.” Among the worst affected areas is the Goldfields-Esperance police district which is short 21 officers. The Kimberley and Mid-West Gascoyne region are both short 20 cops, while the South West currently has 19 spots which need filling The new figures have been seized on by the State opposition who claim the statistics are further evidence of a staffing crisis within WA Police. Opposition police spokesman Peter Collier also said more than 70 officers had quit the force already this year, on top of the 465 police officers who handed in their badges last year. “The impact of this record resignation rate has impacted most profoundly in regional Western Australia,” Mr Collier said. “This situation is unlikely to change while the minister for police stubbornly holds on to the misguided view that police are resigning ‘due entirely to the economy and other opportunities’. “The ignorance of the minister in this respect is gobsmacking. The reality of the situation is that morale in our police force is at an all-time low and the tsunami of resignations will continue until changes are made to improve the working conditions of our force.” One serving regional WA Police officer — who spoke on the condition of anonymity to The West this week — said the level of vacancies and resignations across the State “should be causing the agency and community some real concern.” The officer, who has been in the job more than 20 years, said many officers in regional WA were felling micromanaged and burnt out. “There are still good bosses in the regions that are working to shield their staff from the s**t rolling downhill,” the experienced officer said. “Our hierarchy are not reading the room, but think it will be OK if we will get cops from other jurisdictions to fill the holes. We are burning ourselves out to keep the community safe and we are working for the community not for the hierarchy who don’t give a s**t about us.” Carnarvon Shire President Eddie Smith said the police officers in his town — which has been plagued by alcohol-fuelled violence in recent days — were doing the best they could, but were constantly run off their feet. “From where I sit, they are inundated with issues,” Mr Smith said. “They just can’t keep up.” In the latest terrifying incident in Carnarvon, a boy suffered serious head injuries being hit by a flying object during a riot on Sunday, understood to have involved about 100 people. Authorities are now looking into the possibility of imposing major alcohol restrictions in Carnarvon in response to the ongoing crime wave.