The WA Police Union 2021 Pre-Election Submission – 10 Priorities for Police – clearly outlines the issues facing police. 

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While the major parties have already committed to additional police numbers, there are other items which need to be implemented to assist policing.

10 Priorities for Police

  1. A State Wages Policy which is fair, equitable and allows for meaningful, open negotiations.
  2. A commitment to pass the McGowan Government’s proposed Police Compensation Scheme in the first 100 days of Parliament.
  3. All Government Regional Officer Housing (GROH) rents frozen for the term of government.
  4. Introduction of a mandatory life sentence for offenders found guilty of murdering a police officer or police auxiliary officer.
  5. Changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 2003 so seriously injured police officers are not effectively excluded from being able to apply for criminal compensation.
  6. The allocation of 24/7 medical coverage in all major police lock-ups to ensure the health and safety of police officers, police auxiliary officers and detainees.
  7. A strategic replacement and refurbishing plan to address aging and antiquated police stations.
  8. A complete review of the Police Act 1892 and Police Force Regulations in consultation with WAPU.
  9. A Police Veterans Covenant to recognise the commitment and sacrifice of police officers, police auxiliary officers, Aboriginal police liaison officers and police cadets to the community of WA.
  10. Legislative changes to the Criminal Procedure Act 2004 so police officers can use new technology to take witness statements and serve disclosure saving valuable frontline policing hours.

Read the FULL Pre-Election Submission