Forces work to­gether on de­ploy­ment

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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.

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