Ar­rest po­lice neg­a­tiv­ity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Su­sanne Reilly

PO­LICE of­fi­cers will need to change neg­a­tive at­ti­tudes and lack of em­pa­thy if they are to bet­ter deal with fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence (FDV) in­ci­dents.

Th­ese were just two of the find­ings the Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment and Jus­tice Stand­ing Com­mit­tee found in its lat­est in­quiry to the way WA Po­lice re­sponds to FDV in­ci­dents.

The com­mit­tee had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing how the WA Po­lice eval­u­ates whether it was pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate pro­tec­tion to the vic­tims of fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, and tabled its re­port – A mea­sure of trust: How WA Po­lice evalu- ates the ef­fec­tive­ness of its re­sponse to fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence – in Par­lia­ment last month.

The re­port said that since the in­tro­duc­tion of the Front­line 2020 re­form, the num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers as­signed to ded­i­cated do­mes­tic vi­o­lence teams had been halved.

It also said while the at­ti­tude to fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence of many WA Po­lice of­fi­cers could not be faulted, there was ev­i­dence of some of­fi­cers with neg­a­tive at­ti­tudes to­wards po­lice re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in this area and FDV in­ci­dent re­ports were not al­ways com­pleted ac­cu­rately by at­tend­ing of­fi­cers.

The com­mit­tee col­lected feed­back from groups on be­half of Abo­rig­i­nal and cul­tur­ally and lin­guis­ti­cally di­verse vic­tims on their ex­pe­ri­ences and it was far from favourable.

The com­mit­tee rec­om­mended that train­ing was needed to im­prove re­sponse with th­ese vic­tims.

A WA Po­lice rep­re­sen­ta­tive said it strived to de­liver qual­ity polic­ing to the com­mu­nity and was com­mit­ted to in­creas­ing vic­tim safety in fam­ily vi­o­lence sit­u­a­tions.

“Un­der the new po­lice op­er­at­ing model, ev­ery do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent is vet­ted by the dis­trict con­trol cen­tres. This is to en­sure the at­tend­ing of­fi­cers have com­pleted the ap­pro­pri­ate risk as­sess­ment and in­ves­tiga­tive re­sponse,” the rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

WA Po­lice pro­vided on­go­ing train­ing on FDV for all of­fi­cers.

“Re­cruits un­der­take the­ory-based foundation learn­ing in­clud­ing leg­is­la­tion, pol­icy, multi-agency re­sponses and risk iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. That foundation learn­ing is then prac­ti­cally demon­strated in a sce­nario-based train­ing en­vi­ron­ment us­ing ac­tors in re­al­is­tic set­tings,” the rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

All serv­ing of­fi­cers are also re­quired to com­plete train­ing and as­sess­ments on the re­port­ing of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

If you or you know some­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, call 1800 RE­SPECT.

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