Police seek election pledge for more cops
A survey of WA police officers reveals dozens are yet to decide how they will vote and will be swayed by which party promises them the best deal.
The WA Police Union has urged all parties to commit to funding 1000 more police officers, saying the agency is operating at a level below the 2005 police-topopulation ratio.
“Our members are crying out for more police officers and resources to help them tackle crime,” union president George Tilbury said.
“There is no doubt that a major commitment to increase the number of police officers over the next four years will equal more votes at the ballot box.”
The union polled members about their voting intentions for the first time this year because it believed the election will be close.
Almost 800 officers responded, with about one-quarter indicating they were undecided about who they would vote for.
One officer said in the survey: “We are so understaffed, underresourced and under pressure that I would consider voting for any party that would relieve the workload with extra staff and resources.”
Union president George Tilbury says members are “crying out” for more resources.