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Released May 15, 2015

The WA Police Union has welcomed an additional investment of $53 million to the WA Police budget.

President George Tilbury said the growing demands on police meant that any cuts to the WA Police budget would affect frontline services and put the community at risk.

“We are extremely pleased to see the State Government has continued investing in police,” Mr Tilbury said.

“The Reform process found some savings and when you combine that with the additional funds, WA Police now has a budget it can use to appropriately resource the new operating model.

“Our Members are telling us they need more police officers and equipment as well as improvements to work locations so we believe this additional investment will mean our Members will have the support and tools they need to get on with the job of protecting the community.”

Mr Tilbury said WAPU would continue to closely monitor the recruitment of new police officers to meet the Government’s election promises.

“The Government believes it’s on track to meet this commitment and we will keep a close eye on recruiting and attrition figures in the lead up the next election. We certainly to do not want a repeat of the last election where 170 police officers were not recruited in the promised timeframe,” he said.