Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Justice Matters

WA Labor to deliver 500 extra police officers

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will make our communities safer with 500 extra police officers, in addition to the 170 new officers allocated in the existing budget making a total of 670 additional officers by 2017-18.

Mark McGowan said WA Labor will also provide a minimum of three new police stations and extra funding to support the expansion of the Mounted Police.

Mr McGowan said if elected, WA Labor will:

  • Deliver on the existing WA Budget allocation to hire 170 new police officers in 2012-13 and 2013-14;
  • Hire an extra 500 police officers over four years, commencing in 2014-15;
  • This will provide a total of 670 extra police officers by the end of 2017-18.

"The Barnett Government has broken its 2008 election promise to recruit an extra 500 police officers and 200 support staff," Mr McGowan said.

"On coming to Government the commitment to hire an extra 500 police officers was changed to 350 police officers over five years.

"To date, only 180 of these police officers have been delivered leaving 170 officers to be hired over the next 18 months.

"Western Australia is the fastest growing State in the nation, with 1500 new residents arriving each week.

"While the Barnett Government has focused on big extravagant projects in the Perth CBD, motor vehicle theft has increased by 30 per cent and property offences by 11.5 per cent since 2009-10.

"We need more police officers on the streets to keep our communities safe. A WA Labor Government will boost the resources of WA Police by hiring an extra 500 police from 2014-15.

"While the placement of these officers is a matter for the Police Commissioner, we will be requesting strong consideration to be given to regional postings. Media Release 21 September 2012

"WA Labor will also spend $27million to build new police stations at Ballajura, Capel and Secret Harbour in its first term and will immediately conduct an audit of all stations to see that they meet the needs of modern policing."

Mr McGowan said the Barnett Government's focus on creating more police hubs has often been at the expense of smaller local police stations.

"WA Labor has listened to community concerns about the closure of smaller stations in regional areas and the suburbs," he said.

"WA Labor supports police stations spread across our suburbs and towns, rather than the Barnett Government's police hubs."

Mr McGowan said WA Labor will provide $1.5million over two years to facilitate the expansion of the Mounted Section.

"There are 20 police officers in the Mounted Section of WA Police. WA Labor would like to see police numbers in this section increased," he said.

"Mounted police play an important role in combating antisocial behaviour in our entertainment precincts and nightspots.

"The height and visibility of mounted police gives them a commanding presence, which makes them a highly effective deterrent to antisocial behaviour."

Mr McGowan said the Barnett Government had its chance to create a stronger police presence in our communities and failed.

"The Barnett Government has focused on building inner-city projects at the expense of important services that people need, like more police officers," he said.

"Only a McGowan Labor Government will deliver more police on the beat to keep our suburbs and towns safe."

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