Experienced Officers Sent To Christmas Island Disaster

Experienced Officers Sent To Christmas Island Disaster

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

WA Police Officers Deployed To Christmas Island

Victor P Taffa

Premier Colin Barnett said Western Australia would continue to provide the highest level of support to a multi-jurisdictional response to the Christmas Island boat tragedy.

Premier Barnett said WA Agencies had been rapid and effective in their support, particularly in relation to search and rescue, investigation and health.  The State would be on stand-by to provide further support as required.

Two female patients were repatriated to WA early this morning with the assistance of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, had since received treatment at Royal Perth Hospital and were in a stable condition.

WA Police had overnight deployed 13 officers with a range of expertise, who would be likely to remain at Christmas Island for an undetermined period of time.

 

“Those officers are well trained and have considerable collective experience in responding to critical incidents, including the Bali bombings, Asian tsunami and the investigation into the sinking of a similar vessel in northern waters last year.” Premier Barnett said.

“The State’s Coroner will assume responsibility for the Coronial Investigation into the tragedy and I am confident that will be undertaken in a diligent and professional manner.”

The Department for Child Protection (DCP) has a team of skilled psychologists and social workers available to be deployed if necessary, to provide critical-incident debriefing to members of the community and responders.

DCP is liaising with Red Cross regarding potential deployment of ‘personal supporters’ if deemed needed.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience of Police Officers Deployed last night include:

 

Water Police

  •  Sgt Adam Mack
  • Dive Operations Manager at Water Police;
  • Dive Supervisor;
  • Advanced Diploma Police Search and Rescue Management;
  • Extensive experience in managing marine search and rescue operations.

 

  • Senior Constable Peter Trivett
  • National qualification on Police Search and Rescue Management;
  • Master V Mariner;
  • Qualified detective – experienced in complex investigation;
  • Extensive experience in managing marine search and rescue operations.

Coronial Investigation Unit

  •  Detective Senior Constable Troy Duncan
  • Detective Training School.

 

  • Senior Constable Mark Parfrement
  • Disaster Victim Identification Coordinators’ Course.
  • Senior Constable Deborah Beswick
  • Medical Liaison Officer.
  • First Class Constable Hayley Burke
  • Experienced in Coronial Investigations.

 

Major Crime Squad

  •  Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Fyfe
  • 31 years in Police – 26 years as a detective;
  • Tier 2 interview trained;
  • Advanced Diploma Public Safety;
  • Detective Training School;
  • Senior Investigator Officers’ training with Scottish Police Academy;
  • Homicide Investigators’ Course;
  • Degree in Police Management.

 

  • Detective Sergeant Gary Saunders
  • 18 years in Police – 13 years as a detective;
  • Tier 4 interview trained;
  • Advanced Diploma Public Safety;
  • Detective Training School.

 

  • Detective Senior Constable David Gannaway
  • 12 years in Police – five years as a detective;
  • Tier 2 interview trained;
  • Advanced Diploma Public Safety;
  • Detective Training School.

 

  • Detective First Class Constable Matthew Duncan
  • 11 years in Police – five years as a detective;
  • Tier 2 interview trained;
  • Advanced Diploma Public Safety;
  • Detective Training School.

Disaster Victim Identification Unit

  •  Sergeant Gary Searle;
  • Senior Constable David Massey;
  • Senior Constable Greg Ferguson.

All officers are DVI (Disaster Victim Identification) trained and have previous experience including DVI roles in the UK and Thailand.

The DVI team has one fingerprint expert and two crime scene investigators.