Cop interview improvements
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.