Forces work together on deployment
THERE’S no need for politicians to promise more police when there are about 600 sworn officers behind desks that could be out on the streets, says Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan.
Mr O’Callaghan said at a briefing at The Rise in Maylands last week that the service needed more flexibility in employing unsworn officers or public servants to take on administration duties to allow more officers back on the beat.
“We don’t need people to promise us a defined number of police officers, which has no basis in fact or science,” he said.
“The best way of managing the police force is for the police to be given an increased amount in salary so we can make choices about what type of people we employ.
“We have got something like 600 police officers currently in the WA Police who are not on the road and are behind desks.
“Many of those could be put back out on the street without employing a single extra police officer if we had the flexibility to have more public servants or police auxiliary officers rather than having to employ full sworn officers.”
Police Minister Liza Harvey said the Government and police force were working together to get management of the organisation right.
“We are trying to get the mix right in the agency to ensure that our blue shirts are out on the front line,” she said.