Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan
More Police On The Streets To Help Keep Western Australia Safe And Strong
Victor P Taffa
- $314 Million to recruit 800 extra Police officers included in State Budget
- On top of 300 extra officers already being delivered by the McGowan Government
- More frontline Police on the beat to keep Western Australians safe
- McGowan Government building safer and stronger communities
To keep Western Australia safe and strong, the McGowan Labor Government has announced a massive boost to frontline Police officers as part of its continued commitment to community safety and to manage COVID-19 safely.
“We are committed to keeping our community safe and strong.” Premier Mark McGowan said.
“Western Australia Police continue to do an incredible job, especially in helping manage and Police COVID-19 restrictions and the State of Emergency.”
Recruitment of an additional 800 sworn Police officers is the biggest single injection of Police officer numbers in decades, and is expected to result in Western Australia having the highest number of Police officers per person of all States.
Total number of new Police funded by the McGowan Government since taking office is now 1,100 in total.
“This commitment builds on our Government’s record of recruiting more Police and putting them where they are needed.” Minister for Police Michelle Roberts said.
“More officers mean more flexibility, a stronger Police presence on our streets, safer roads and better response times.”
$314 Million allocated in this year’s State Budget will provide for recruitment on top of regular attrition and flow on resourcing to the criminal justice system, and will result in a stronger and more visible Police presence on our streets.
State Government has worked with the Commissioner of Police to identify the number of frontline Police officers needed to meet current and forecast demand over the next four years, and are delivering on that request in full.
Despite misleading claims by the Liberals, Police numbers are up under the McGowan Government with a headcount as of last week showing 377 more officers than in June 2016.
By November next year that number will have increased, with a further 360 officers scheduled to be sworn in.
McGowan Government’s strong financial management has enabled record investment in community safety, with more than $755 Million added to the Western Australia Police Force’s budget since the Liberals were in government.
On top of extra officers, the funding has included a roll out of major technological improvements including body worn cameras, personal issue mobile devices, Automatic Number Plate Recognition Technology, and protective vests to every frontline officer.
Comprehensive investment has paid dividends with Western Australia currently experiencing record low rates of crime across the State.