Happy cops

Great South­ern po­lice the hap­pi­est in WA

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page -

Great South­ern po­lice are the most sat­is­fied with their jobs in the State, ac­cord­ing to a WA Po­lice Union sur­vey into ser­vice and stan­dards in the force.

The re­lease of the sur­vey of about 2500 metropoli­tan and re­gional of­fi­cers found po­lice in the Great South­ern rated the ser­vice they pro­vided to the com­mu­nity as the high­est across WA, with a pos­i­tive rat­ing of 92.5 per cent.

The rat­ing ex­ceeded ev­ery other re­gional po­lice dis­trict, with the Wheat­belt (77.5 per cent), South West (75.8) and Pil­bara (67.7) re­ceiv­ing the next high­est rat­ings.

Over­all, re­gional WA re­ceived a pos­i­tive rat­ing of 73.6 per cent, in con­trast to the metropoli­tan neg­a­tive rat­ing of 64.5 per cent, with many of­fi­cers crit­i­cal of the cur­rent polic­ing model.

Al­most two-thirds called for changes to the model or for it to be scrapped.

To go with the pos­i­tive re­gional rat­ing, 68 per cent of re­spon­dents be­lieved their stan­dard of ser­vice had not changed in the past three years.

Great South­ern po­lice dis­trict Act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Mark Twamley said of­fi­cers in the re­gion had a great sense of job sat­is­fac­tion and were de­ter­mined to main­tain their high level of ser­vice.

“It is al­ways very pleas­ing to see re­sults such as this that demon­strate the high stan­dard of polic­ing ser­vices to the Great South­ern com­mu­nity,” he said.

“It never ceases to amaze me the level of com­mu­nity spirit through­out the Great South­ern and I know that it gives my of­fi­cers a deep sense of job sat­is­fac­tion when they can go about their du­ties know­ing that they have the ma­jor­ity sup­port of the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion and that there are al­ways lo­cal peo­ple ready to help should they be called upon.”

WA Po­lice Union pres­i­dent Ge­orge Til­bury said it was no sur­prise that mem­bers in re­gional WA gave their level of ser­vice a higher rat­ing than their metropoli­tan col­leagues as the re­gional op­er­at­ing model had re­mained largely un­changed since the in­cep­tion of Frontline 2020.

“Mem­bers are en­joy­ing work­ing in re­gional WA and a num­ber said they would likely not re­turn to the metropoli­tan area un­til the op­er­at­ing model was changed,” he said.

Wa­gin po­lice shared this photo of their “of­fice” re­cently.

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