The director of liquor licensing’s office has poured cold water on a top cop’s radical call for alcohol restrictions to be rolled out across most of regional WA as multiple towns grapple with an out-of-control crime wave. Lanie Chopping is considering escalating Kimberley-wide alcohol restrictions in Broome and Derby after stricter rules led to a 40 per cent crime plunge in Carnarvon. However a seemingly leaked letter from WA Police Deputy Commissioner Allan Adams on Tuesday revealed he urged Ms Chopping to roll out similarly tough bans in towns across the Kimberley, Pilbara, Midwest-Gascoyne and Goldfields-Esperance regions. The letter reportedly listed 25 towns that recorded higher rates of alcohol-related crime than Carnarvon in 2022. “Namely Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Kununurra, Wyndham, Karratha, Marble Bar, Newman, Nullagine, Onslow, Roebourne, South Hedland, Wickham, Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie, Laverton, Leonora, Norseman, Wiluna, Cue, Meekatharra, Morawa, Mount Magnet and Mullewa,” it reportedly read. “Based on the elevated crime data for Carnarvon, this sets a benchmark for what can be considered unacceptable levels of alcohol related-harm. “Therefore, consideration should be given to implementing alcohol restrictions on any locality suffering higher rates of alcohol-related harm than those experienced in the town of Carnarvon.” But a Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries spokesperson said the independent Ms Chopping had not sought the letter, nor would it affect her deliberations. “The Director Liquor Licensing received unsolicited correspondence from Acting Police Commissioner Adams regarding alcohol-related crime and a range of other matters across Western Australia. The letter does not form part of considerations in the current S64 (Section 64) inquiries,” they said. “The DLL has two open S64 inquiries into whether to impose liquor restrictions on licensees in Broome and Derby. There are no other open inquiries. “The DLL does not comment on open inquiries.” A WA Police spokesperson said Commissioner Col Blanch had provided crime statistics from across the State to assist Ms Chopping in making any assessments or decisions. “WA Police Force works closely with the WA director of liquor licensing and the State Government to support reasonable measures that are put in place to protect vulnerable individuals and the broader community from alcohol-related harm,” the spokesperson said. “Implementing liquor restrictions is one of several strategies police undertake to manage and mitigate anti-social/alcohol fuelled behaviour.” Mr Blanch told 6PR that he was already on the record as supporting broader preventative restrictions such as those already in place in Carnarvon. “I’ve written a letter, which is public knowledge, to the director of liquor licensing (Lanie Chopping),” he said. “If there are different restrictions coming in, that is a matter for (Ms Chopping). But she’s fully informed, by me, through the stats that we are seeing throughout the Kimberley.” Shadow racing and gaming minister Peter Rundle called for clarity. “Yesterday, the State Government was talking about liquor restrictions in Broome, but it now appears that was just the tip of the iceberg,” Mr Rundle said. “This broad-brush approach by WA Police comes without consultation with local communities and businesses, and would have significant implications, particularly in major regional centres such as Kalgoorlie, Karratha and South Hedland. “The State Government needs to make its position clear on this matter.” Premier Roger Cook threw his support behind tougher restrictions in Broome on Thursday, telling reporters that concerns about alcohol-linked antisocial behaviour in the tourism hotspot obviously “leads you to the conclusion that you should place further restrictions on the sale of alcohol”.