Top cop be­lieves compo not com­ing soon

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Out­go­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Karl O’Cal­laghan re­mains hope­ful a work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion scheme for of­fi­cers will be­come a re­al­ity but does not ex­pect it will be in­tro­duced soon.

WA is the only ju­ris­dic­tion in Aus­tralia with­out a work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion scheme for po­lice, which Mr O’Cal­laghan be­lieves the La­bor Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to chang­ing.

“I don’t see that be­ing re­solved in the next five weeks, which is what I’ve got left,” he said.

The Lib­eral gov­ern­ment promised a scheme last year but the po­lice union and the Med­i­cally Re­tired WA Po­lice Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion said the plan did not go far enough. Mr O’Cal­laghan said it was pos­si­ble to de­vise a scheme that ap­plied to those with men­tal ill­ness.

“PTSD and psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pair­ment are ob­vi­ously big con­trib­u­tors to peo­ple re­tir­ing early, so I think it will be a ma­jor fac­tor,” he said.

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