Po­lice seek elec­tion pledge for more cops

Pilbara News - - Election 2017 - Gabrielle Knowles

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.”

Pic­ture: Bill Hatto

Union pres­i­dent Ge­orge Til­bury says mem­bers are “cry­ing out” for more re­sources.

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