Cop in­ter­view im­prove­ments

Broome Advertiser - - News - Tim Clarke

The Cor­rup­tion and Crime Com­mis­sion says WA Po­lice have made sig­nif­i­cant in­roads in im­prov­ing their prac­tices af­ter the bun­gled Josh Warneke mur­der case — which led to an in­no­cent man sit­ting in jail for years — but have still not done ev­ery­thing rec­om­mended.

The botched in­quiry led to the man­slaugh­ter con­vic­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal man Gene Gib­son.

In 2015, a CCC re­view slammed the abil­ity of po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate se­ri­ous crimes, find­ing that “sys­temic weak­nesses” and “fail­ures” permeated in­ves­ti­ga­tions in WA.

Mr Gib­son’s con­vic­tion was quashed and al­most a year af­ter he was freed from jail, the CCC said in a fol­low-up re­port that five of its seven rec­om­men­da­tions had been im­ple­mented, in­clud­ing sig­nif­i­cant changes to how vul­ner­a­ble sus­pects were in­ter­viewed by of­fi­cers.

The re­main­ing two rec­om­men­da­tions re­late to en­sur­ing of­fi­cers who in­ter­act with Abo­rig­i­nal cit­i­zens are prop­erly trained in lan­guage and cul­ture, and im­prov­ing the way they de­liver a cau­tion to peo­ple who are not pro­fi­cient in English.

Com­mis­sioner John McKech­nie noted in the re­port that “po­lice are tak­ing se­ri­ously their re­spon­si­bil­ity to im­ple­ment the com­mis­sion’s rec­om­men­da­tions and to ad­dress the is­sues aris­ing out of Op­er­a­tion Aviemore”.

Broome res­i­dent Josh Warneke was killed while walk­ing home from a night out in 2010.

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