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DATE: May 8, 2019

 The WA Police Union has welcomed today’s announcement that changes to Section 8 of the Police Act will be read into State Parliament.

The amendments, which will give future medically retired officers a way to leave the WA Police Force with dignity, is long overdue according to WA Police Union President Harry Arnott.

“This was a pre-election commitment from Labor so it is pleasing to see them putting their promise into action,” Mr Arnott said.

“The change to Section 8 will give some comfort to any future medically retired officers as it will allow them the leave the WA Police Force under separate mechanisms than officers who have lost the confidence of the Commissioner.

“We have been waiting for this change for two decades so we now urge both houses of Parliament to pass these amendments expeditiously,” he said.

WAPU now hopes this amendment is the first in a suite of legislation entering Parliament which adequately recognises the sacrifices of our men and women who are damaged by the job.

“We look forward to seeing the detail of a police-specific compensation scheme for officers who can no longer work on the frontline,” he said.