Damn­ing sur­vey shows po­lice force in cri­sis

Pilbara News - - State Election 2017 - Grant Tay­lor

The WA Po­lice Union has dropped a po­lit­i­cal bomb­shell on the State Gov­ern­ment, re­leas­ing a damn­ing sur­vey it claims shows a force in cri­sis and near “break­ing point”.

Al­most 1100 of­fi­cers took part in the sur­vey, which was used by many to vent their anger and frustration at in­creas­ing work­loads and staff short­ages they be­lieve are af­fect­ing their own safety and that of the com­mu­nity.

“If the pub­lic knew what was ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing, and the ef­fects it is cur­rently hav­ing, they would be dis­gusted and sig­nif­i­cantly fear for their safety,” one of­fi­cer said in the sur­vey.

Oth­ers claimed calls from the pub­lic for help were reg­u­larly go­ing unat­tended and ac­cused their lead­ers of be­ing “out of touch” with what was hap­pen­ing on the streets.

“I am con­stantly called on (by the pub­lic) to ex­plain why their bur­glary wasn’t at­tended, why their as­sault com­plaint was never fol­lowed up, why they called po­lice for a dis­tur­bance over and over again and no one came,” an of­fi­cer said.

The po­lice union, which is push­ing for 1000 ex­tra of­fi­cers to be hired in the next four years, de­scribed the find­ings as a wakeup call for both sides of pol­i­tics.

“If we don’t fix these re­sourc­ing is­sues now, crime will spi­ral, more peo­ple will die on our roads and morale will fall to an all-time low,” union pres­i­dent Ge­orge Til­bury said. “How bad does it have to get be­fore those in power de­cide that enough is enough?” Op­po­si­tion Leader Mark McGowan seized on the find­ings, ac­cus­ing the Gov­ern­ment of fail­ing the State’s po­lice. “Our po­lice are not be­ing given the sup­port they need and that’s why we have seen an un­prece­dented spike in crime across our sub­urbs,” he said. Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey said she was dis­ap­pointed the union had failed to brief her on the sur­vey be­fore go­ing pub­lic.

“The State Gov­ern­ment ap­plauds and ap­pre­ci­ates ev­ery one of our 6235 of­fi­cers and has done more than any other ad­min­is­tra­tion to sup­port them,” she 0said.

Pic­ture: Michael Wil­son

A damn­ing sur­vey about a lack of sup­port has been re­leased by the WA Po­lice Union.

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