Po­lice stood down over al­le­ga­tions

Pilbara News - - News - Rebecca Par­ish

The sug­ges­tion po­lice should drive young of­fend­ers to re­mote ar­eas and strand them as a method of “teach­ing them a les­son” has been branded “un­ac­cept­able” by Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey.

The deputy pre­mier said it was not a strat­egy she would en­cour­age.

Her com­ments came as three con­sta­bles were stood aside and placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by po­lice in­ter­nal af­fairs over al­le­ga­tions they ver­bally abused two teenage boys and dumped them on the out­skirts of South Hed­land last month, forc­ing them to walk up to 3km back to town.

Ms Har­vey said it was for­tu­nate no in­jury or harm came to the boys af­ter the al­leged in­ci­dent.

So­cial me­dia pages have been abuzz with mem­bers of the Hed­land com­mu­nity say­ing they felt the of­fi­cers were right to do what they had done.

An in­quiry was launched into the June 11 in­ci­dent af­ter the par­ents of the two 14-year-olds com­plained to po­lice.

Pil­bara Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Coombes re­fused to re­lease fur­ther de­tails of the al­le­ga­tions against the of­fi­cers but, po­lice have con­firmed the trio were stood aside from op­er­a­tional du­ties.

Supt Coombes said the al­leged in­ci­dent fol­lowed a “re­lent­less se­ries of is­sues” of­fi­cers felt made it hard to po­lice in South Hed­land.

“Ob­vi­ously we don’t want to have any al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct against any po­lice of­fi­cers,” he said. “It is con­cern­ing that po­lice of­fi­cers over­stepped the mark, if that is what has oc­curred.”

The in­ter­nal in­quiry is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing when the group’s supervisors found out what hap­pened that night and what pro­to­cols were fol­lowed to re­port it.

Ms Har­vey said she ex­pected there was a “story be­hind the story” and there was prob­a­bly a high level of frus­tra­tion for the of­fi­cers in­volved.

Supt Coombes or­dered a sep­a­rate re­view of polic­ing in Hed­land.

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