Ma­jor Crime to lead probes in­volv­ing po­lice of­fi­cers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Swan Canning Riverpark -

THE WA Po­lice In­ter­nal Af­fairs Unit (IAU) will no longer be the lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor on in­ci­dents in­volv­ing po­lice after a re­view into a shoot­ing in Carlisle last year.

WA Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Karl O’Cal­laghan an­nounced last week that Ma­jor Crime would now solely in­ves­ti­gate in­ci­dents such as po­lice shoot­ings and car crashes in­volv­ing po­lice ve­hi­cles.

Th­ese in­ves­ti­ga­tions were orig­i­nally car­ried out by both Ma­jor Crime and IAU.

On Novem­ber 8, a Carlisle man hold­ing a hostage, died after he was shot by po­lice of­fi­cers when nego- tia­tions failed.

Bren­dan John Lind­say walked into The Lunch Club deli in Carlisle about 8am and held a 37-year-old fe­male staff mem­ber at knife­point.

When at­tempts to ne­go­ti­ate with him failed, of­fi­cers fired their weapons. The man and the hostage re­ceived gun­shot wounds but he was de­clared dead at the scene.

After the shoot­ing, the of­fi­cers in­volved were ar­rested fol­low­ing WA Po­lice pro­to­col, and one of­fi­cer was not al­lowed to wash blood off his arm.

A num­ber of con­cerns about the treat­ment of the of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing their ar­rests, were raised after the in­ci­dent and Mr O’Cal­laghan was asked to con­duct a re­view.

He said one con­cern raised was how long the of­fi­cers were left on the street, ar­rested, and in front of the pub­lic.

Mr O’Cal­laghan has changed the pol­icy to pro­tect the safety and wel­fare of po­lice of­fi­cers.

Ma­jor Crime will now be the lead in­ves­tiga­tive unit while the IAU will au­dit the qual­ity of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He said of­fi­cer safety and wel­fare was paramount and will be put ahead of pre­serv­ing foren­sic ma­te­rial such as blood on of­fi­cers.

Of­fi­cers un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be moved quickly from the pub­lic eye to al­le­vi­ate some of their stress.

The of­fi­cers in­volved in the shoot­ing were back on duty and no charges have been laid.

Mr O’Cal­laghan

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