Tag Archives: WA Police Union

Critical Incident Follow-ups “Not Necessary” For WA Police Officers

wellbeing

Phil Hickey at Perth Now writes: A motion for mandatory psychological assessments and follow-up assessments six weeks later for officers who attend critical incidents, such as shootings, was passed at the WA Police Union’s annual conference last month.  Continue reading Critical Incident Follow-ups “Not Necessary” For WA Police Officers

WA Police Union Renews Calls For Officers To Be Armed In Court

WA-Police

Existing security measures have been shown to be “working” through the response to a man who brought two knives into Perth Magistrates Court, WA’s attorney-general says.

The West Australian Police Union has used the incident on Tuesday afternoon to renew its call to overturn the ban on police carrying firearms, stun guns, pepper spray, batons and handcuffs in court.

“But there’s resistance from that occurring,” WAPU president George Tilbury told reporters. “We’ve been lobbying government for that change since January this year. The attorney-general and the premier will not be moved.”

“Things need to change for the safety of police officers and the community.” Mr Tilbury said a man brought a kitchen knife and a hunting knife through the security checkpoint on Tuesday and was chased by unarmed security guards into the toilet area.

Armed police were then called.

Read more in The Daily Telegraph.

WA Police Officers Want To Carry Guns In Court As Union Lists Spate of Attacks

wa-pol-gun-court

WA Police want to follow the precedent set by NSW and be allowed to wear guns and other weapons in court.

The police union says the push to lift the ban on carrying firearms, tasers, pepper spray, batons and handcuffs in court has been long-running, but intensified since the terrorism alert was increased to high. It also issued a list of examples of violent incidents suffered by its members in and outside courts (see below).

“The fact our members cannot wear their accoutrements in court complexes causes a great deal of angst, raises concerns about the lack of secure storage for lethal weapons, and makes police soft targets,” union president George Tilbury said in a statement on Friday.

The police union has supplied PerthNow with a list of examples of threatening behaviour at Perth courts:

  • A police prosecutor was walking to the Supreme Court and was punched in the head, causing her to fall to the ground.
  • A man assaulted two officers attending court to give evidence against his father. He hid behind a wall and attacked the officers from behind by punching one several times and striking the other to the head with a book.
  • A man sitting in the back of a court removed a large fishing knife from his case and started cutting his left arm saying to the magistrate, “How much blood until you listen to me?” The man was later found to hold three knives and a pair of scissors.

Read more in The Advertiser.

WA Police Response Times Figures ‘Massaged’: WA Police Union

WA’s Commissioner admits police response times are “not up to scratch” but has rejected union allegations of “covert” tactics when key targets were changed last year. Response time targets were quietly increased in July, a move WA Police Union president George Tilbury was not aware of until shown internal documents obtained by The Sunday Times under Freedom of Information. Mr Tilbury said “response teams” — created under Frontline 2020 — were severely under-resourced and at risk of burnout.

Read the full story in Courier Mail.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

Former WA Police Union President’s Interesting ANZAC Link

It is fitting in the year that we celebrate the centenary of Anzac Day that the WA Police Union acknowledge some of the interesting policing activities performed by former President Grenville Vaughn Purdue. 

He is one of only four WAPU Presidents to serve two separate terms (1918-1919 and 1922-1924) and was one of the only serving members of WA Police to be tasked to work overseas with the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF).

Source: www.wapu.org.au