Damning survey shows police force in crisis
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.
A damning survey about a lack of support has been released by the WA Police Union.