WA Labor Calls For Prison Officers And Paramedics To Receive The Same Protection As Police

West Australian prison officers bitten or spat at would receive the same protection as police officers under a new state Labor policy.

Opposition leader Mark McGowan said prisoners who lash out at guards should take a mandatory blood test so victims don’t spend months waiting to find out if they’ve contracted a disease.

Announcing the plan at the WA Prison Officers Union Conference on Thursday, Mr McGowan said new laws would also include paramedic staff and other at-risk medical professionals.

“This is a question of fairness,” he said.

“There is no reason prison officers should not be afforded the same protection as police officers, when they face similar risks on a daily basis.”

Source: www.themercury.com.au

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