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POLICE NEWS THE MAGAZINE FOR THE WA POLICE UNION
Racing for road safety A team of motorsport enthusiasts has taken up the challenge to wipe out illegal street racing.
Police compensation needs to be a high priority for Government WAPU wants a Police Compensation Scheme introduced by the end of 2018.
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Golf Day leaves a legacy The ever-popular WA Police Legacy Golf Day at the Wanneroo Golf Club enters its 12th year.
Guide to claiming Meal Breaks and Allowances Special lift-out feature series continues.
Fostering a healthy police culture Metropolitan Director Lindsay Garratt continues his leadership series.
Police Week The Police Federation of Australia will hold its inaugural Police Week later this year.
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COVER Senior Constable Lee Watson, Acting Senior Sergeant Mike Pearson and Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Chris De Bruin take on the quarter mile with Police News. ABOVE Beat the Heat WA President Mike Pearson has been racing for road safety for more than a decade. Pictures: Jody D'Arcy.
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Police Compensation Scheme must become a priority WAPU HAS RAMPED UP OUR EFFORTS to ensure that a Police Compensation Scheme is in place by the end of this year. At the moment, the State Government is more interested in a Redress Scheme for police officers who are already medically retired, rather than looking at implementing a scheme to ensure that future medically retired police officers do not have to go through the indignity and financial ruin many of their predecessors have. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, a redress scheme is very important, well deserved and overdue, but there is no reason why the Government and WA Police cannot work on both schemes simultaneously. In August last year, we wrote to the Minister for Police and outlined a potential scheme. We are yet to receive a formal response to our proposal and we also raised the matter with the Minister at the March Board of Directors Meeting. She provided no firm commitment as to when the scheme would be implemented. We also sought an audience with Premier Mark McGowan to discuss this important issue however, he has handballed it straight back to the Minister. Given the significance of
This may be the first test for the Legislative Council on police related legislation and should highlight the importance of our Union being apolitical, with friends on all sides of politics.
this matter, that is very disappointing, concerning and speaks volumes. Details of our proposed scheme and the latest push for police compensation can be found on pages 14 to 17.
AMENDMENTS REQUIRED TO NEW TERRORISM BILL Last month, the State Government announced new legislation authorising police officers to use lethal force when responding to terrorism incidents. The Terrorism (Extraordinary Powers) Amendment Bill 2018 gives police officers legal protections if they are required to use pre-emptive force when responding to a terrorism incident or suspected terrorist act. The special powers are being introduced in response to findings from the New South Wales Coronial Inquest into the Lindt CafĂŠ siege. National, state and territory leaders agreed to a package of counter terrorism reforms at a Special Council of Australian Governments meeting in October last year. WAPU generally supports the Bill however, there are some concerns that we would like to see addressed through minor amendments to provide clarity, certainty and greater protection for our Members. This may be the first test for the Legislative Council on police related legislation and should highlight the importance of our Union being apolitical, with friends on all sides of politics.
NEW RADIO CHANNELS REQUIRES MORE STAFF In July, an additional four radio channels will be added to the Metropolitan Region with the rollout of the new eight metropolitan districts. This is the first major step to implement changes that WAPU has been lobbying for. Even with the reshuffle of staff, it is imperative that additional resources are provided to the Police Operations Centre (POC) to ensure they can keep up with demand, as the safety of our Members and the community is paramount. Staffing levels must be maintained at an appropriate level, at all times, to ensure that this occurs and is a priority. Since 2010/11, we have seen a 10.6 per cent increase in calls to 000 and 131 444. Last year alone WA Police received 929,700 calls for assistance, so our Members do a fantastic job fielding, vetting and dispatching these tasks. Our Members at POC are doing a great job however, they are under pressure and have to make crucial decisions that are often later scrutinised. WAPU has assisted a number of Members over the years, in relation to deaths linked to critical incidents and the decision making process, so working at Communications also has its risk. WAPU fears that without the appropriate resourcing, further pressure will be placed on this area, putting our Members at POC and those on the road in jeopardy.
SCHOLARSHIPS SUPPORT CHILDREN OF MEMBERS WAPU has again awarded two educational scholarships to children of Members. The scholarships were introduced in 1997 as a way of giving back to Members’ families and to help assist with the cost of education. The value of the scholarships depends on the school year and will continue annually, subject to the students’ satisfactory attendance, conduct, academic progress and the Member’s continued membership of WAPU.
This year’s Metropolitan Scholarship was awarded to Monique Spence, daughter of Detective Sergeant John Spence. While Tait Hartfield, son of Sergeant Matthew Hartfield, received the Regional Scholarship. WAPU wishes both Monique and Tait all the best with their future studies.
A Police Compensation Scheme needs to be put in place for people like Mick Sears, who was medically retired last year, without any compensation.
GREEN BOYS ATTEND NRL AT PERTH STADIUM Thanks to the Police Association of NSW and the National Rugby League (NRL), WAPU was able to brighten the lives of James and Ryan Green by taking them to the recent NRL double header at Optus Stadium. James and Ryan tragically lost their father First Class Constable Den Green during a training exercise in December last year. They had plans to attend the game together. The generosity of the NRL ensured the boys had the best seats in the house to watch 2017 premiers the Melbourne Storm defeat the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the New Zealand Warriors beat the South Sydney Rabbitohs during the opening round of the season. James and Ryan had a ball and were very appreciative of the support from the Police Family and the NRL. On behalf of WAPU and the boys, I would like to extend a special thank you to NRL Chief Executive Officer Todd Greenberg and PANSW Secretary Peter Remfrey for making this experience possible.
RACING FOR ROAD SAFETY
Senior Constable Lee Watson, Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Chris De Bruin, Beat the Heat WA Public Officer Mike Caridi and Beat the Heat WA President, Acting Senior Sergeant Mike Pearson show off the impressive collection of cars taking to the track.
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BY JESSICA PORTER
IT IS A REV-HEAD'S PARADISE. The pungent smell of burnt rubber, hazy smoke filled air and the sound of a 6.2-litre fuel injected VF Commodore with 450 rear wheel horse power pummelling down the quarter mile in 11.038 seconds. This heaven-on-Earth scenario is just your average Wednesday night for a group of coppers who love interacting with the community through their shared passion for motorsports. Acting Senior Sergeant Mike Pearson, Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Chris De Bruin and Senior Constable Lee Watson are half of the six-person drag racing team Beat the Heat WA. This team of motorsport enthusiasts has taken up the challenge to wipe out illegal street racing and bring it to the track.
Beat the Heat originated in the USA more than 30 years ago as a way to engage young people in a fun, non-confrontational atmosphere to help break down the barriers between authority figures and young drivers. Eight years after the program’s inception, it traversed the other side of the globe to Western Australia where WA Police started the Tango 1 Police Drag Racing program. Mike Pearson formed Beat the Heat WA in 2005 after the closure of the Tango 1 program. The WA Police Executive wanted to go in another direction, but Mike still saw enormous potential. So too did the 200 chapters of Beat the Heat across the world. The aim of the program is simple; get kids to stop hooning in the streets and take it to the track. The added drawcard is competing against police officers for bragging rights. “We want to tempt people who may be into illegal street racing to come on down to places like the Perth Motorplex to compete in a safe and controlled environment,” Mike said. “The second phase of that for us is breaking down the barriers between coppers and members of the public who are car enthusiasts. “The problem we get now - and we’re hearing it more and more from young people – is that the first time they get to talk to a copper is when they’ve done something wrong and they’re getting their butt kicked or they’re getting money taken from them.” Mike wants to change that first interaction into something positive. “Down here, we get kids coming up and saying g’day. You go for a walk and people want to talk and look at the cars and things like that,” he said while sitting in the back of Beat the Heat’s first and only undercover-style drag car. “We are all car buffs,” he added. “We love our motorsports so it’s a good way to interact with the community. ▷
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Police News was given the opportunity take on the quarter mile! View the video online now at www.wapu.org.au
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Police News was invited to see first-hand what the program was all about and saw many young people approach the team, check out what’s under their hood and build positive relationships. One such person is 23-year-old Ashleigh Wroe. Ashleigh has been drag racing since she was nine-yearsold and has been regularly racing against Mike, Chris and Lee for years. The positive connection Ashleigh made with the team also sparked her desire to become part of the WA Police Force. She is now two months into her recruit training at the Police Academy. “I first started to chat to those guys when I was about 10 or 11 years old,” Ashleigh told Police News. “We were always intrigued as kids that we could speak to police officers in a social setting. And as I got older, I actually grew out of the group that I was in and stepped into the class that those guys raced in and we’ve all been friends since then.” Mike said he was stoked Ashleigh would soon be a colleague as well as a fellow racer. “We’ve got no doubt that based on a bit of time with us, that’s spurred her to want to become a sworn officer.” Since 2005, the program has been staffed by both police officers and community members. However, it could not run without the help of sponsors. “When the Tango 1 program was closed our sponsors were the ones who wanted us to continue,” Mike said. “Holden give us the cars, we have some really good mechanical suppliers and sponsors for tuning, engine building, parts and each of us as full members of Beat the Heat pay $350 a year to the association.” Mike estimates the cost of running Beat the Heat WA is approximately $20,000 per year. While the program is marketed as a police drag racing team, WA Police has no involvement and does not provide any funding. Yet, the community perception is that it does. “We would love it if WA Police would endorse the program,” he said. “We have had retired Detective Superintendents that come on down for a play, we’ve had (former Assistant Commissioner) Mick Burnby in the car, we’ve had a current Assistant Commissioner in the car for a ride… so we know we’ve got support.” The current cars in the Beat the Heat collection include Tango 1, which is currently on loan to the Motor Museum of WA. She is a 1997 VT HSV Manta sedan with a 6-litre V8 engine. The best standing time for a quarter mile in this beast is 10.79 seconds. Tango 2 was donated in 2006 and is a 2004 Pontiac GTO coupe. It has a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine and is road licensable. It competes in full street trim with only limited modifications to the engine and transmission. It is the fastest in the fleet, completing the quarter mile in 10.22 seconds.
“We were always intrigued as kids that we could speak to police officers in a social setting. And as I got older, I actually grew out of the group that I was in and stepped into the class that those guys raced in and we’ve all been friends since then.”
01 Lee Watson giving Tango 2 a look over before a race. 02 Tango 2 does a burnout at the starting line. 03 Chris De Bruin in Tango 4.
The third addition is Tango 3, a 2008 Commodore SS-V sports wagon. With a Chevy 6.2-litre LS3 engine, its best time for the quarter mile is 11.203 seconds. Tango 1 to 3 are all marked up with full lights, sirens, logos and tabard. Tango 4 is the sly addition to the team and is the only unmarked car. It is a 2011 Holden VF Commodore SS sedan with a Chevy 6.2-litre LS3 engine just like Tango 3. It has undercover style lights on the front dash and even has three antennas in the back. The best time for this car is 11.038 seconds. Tango 5, which is soon to be released, will be a twin to Tango 4 with a Chevy 6.2-litre LSA supercharged engine. This season Tango 4 was driven by Chris, who is currently based at Mandurah Detectives. He started racing at the old Ravenswood drag races but became involved with Beat the Heat in 2008. Lee has also been a long-time racer, joining the original Tango 1 team in 1993. Lee said while the work they do with the community was incredibly important, it was also equally valuable as individuals to have interests outside of the job. “I’ve been in the job since ’86 so it’s been 32 years. I think if you lived and breathed being a policeman, you’d probably be insane by now. So to have that interest outside of work, and for me having that interest being 99 per cent removed from other policemen, is very important,” Lee said. “And I keep coming back because you can always go faster.” Speed is only one part of drag racing that attracts the team to the quarter mile. It also comes down to nailing the reaction time. “It’s a cruel sport, in as much as you’re winning and losing by a thousandth of a second,” Mike said. “We race in what’s called a dial-in bracket so the biggest budget doesn’t win. It starts from 10 seconds flat and goes to 12.999 seconds,” Mike explains. “So if I’m in this car at 11 seconds flat and you’re in a corolla at 13 seconds flat, then we give you a two second head start.
So if everything goes to plan and you both cut the same time at the lights, you should get to the finish line together. “It’s when you have a really, really good race where you’ve cut a killer light, run to your dial-in, as has the bloke you’re racing against and you pip him by .0002 of a second… when you get that close, that’s amazing.” Mike hoped for tight competition at the 47th Westernationals, WA’s peak drag racing event held over the Labor Day long weekend. His aim was to put two Beat the Heat drivers through the finals to pit cop versus cop. But the day didn’t turn out as planned. “Tango 2 recorded a personal best of 10.17 seconds at 136mp/h (218.87km/h) before getting a little lean and cooking six spark plugs,” he said. Tango 3 qualified well but the run was ended by driver Mike Caridi breaching a red light. “That left Bear (Chris) in Tango 4 flying the flag for BTHWA. Unfortunately, a slower reaction time in his round four elimination gave the win to Joel Trotman in his top qualifying VC Commodore.” Despite the exhilaration of speeding down the drag strip, Mike said he was passionate about Beat the Heat because he believed the program has the potential to save lives. “I often get asked what I hope to get out of this and I tell them that by the time I have hung this up, the one thing I hope to achieve is to save one life,” he said. “If I can get one person off the street to come down here, I’d retire a happy man.” Lee also echoed Mike’s comments. “It would also be to have one conversation with somebody that has said I used to do this on the street and now I’m down here because you’re down here and I can race you.” “Then you know you’ve actually changed somebody,” Lee said.
For more information about Beat the Heat WA email Mike Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org 13 POLICE NEWS APRIL 2018
Police compensation needs to be a high priority for Government 14 POLICE NEWS APRIL 2018
he WA Police Union wants to see a Police Compensation Scheme introduced by the end of 2018 to ensure that police officers who are injured in the line of duty and cannot work again are protected. Any scheme introduced needs to complement the existing work and non-work related medical benefits, which are the best in the country. WAPU first raised this injustice in 2006 and since then has been lobbying successive governments to right the wrongs. President George Tilbury said the idea of a compensation scheme had universal support and it was time that the McGowan Government pushed it up its priority list. “In 2015, we upped our push for a Police Compensation Scheme when we launched our It’s Tough Enough campaign,” Mr Tilbury said. “The community are right behind this push and now we must finally right the wrongs of the past 36 years and give police officers the full protection they deserve.” He said it was extremely important that police officers were not just included in the stock-standard workers’ compensation arrangements. “What we currently have in place is the best scheme in the country, if you are injured and can return to work. “The issue is the small percentage of police officers who are injured or develop an injury related to their duties and can no longer work for the WA Police Force. “These officers are effectively thrown on the scrapheap and left to fend for themselves, which is deplorable.” Mr Tilbury said WAPU had provided the State Government with a proposed scheme and was looking forward to it being implemented in 2018. “We believe our proposal is pragmatic and balanced and will provide the solution to begin remedying the terrible blight medical retirement has on police officers in WA.”
To add insult to injury, they are medically retired using the same loss of confidence provisions used to remove police officers under the disciplinary model. So not only are these police officers left with limited financial support, they also have to endure the removal process that states that the Commissioner of Police has lost confidence in them.
Current State of Play If police officers are injured or become ill on the job, they have a number of options. Firstly, they can access sick leave and medical benefits under the Police (Medical and Other Expenses for Former Officers) Act 2008 to have their injury or illness treated with the goal of returning to frontline service. The system is the best in Australia for assisting police officers to recuperate from their injuries or illnesses and return to the frontline. For those unlucky few who are injured or become ill and can no longer serve as police officers, the system is unfair. They can access work-related medical benefits to cover their medication and treatment however, there is nothing provided to cover loss of their income. To add insult to injury, they are medically retired using the same loss of confidence provisions used to remove police officers under the disciplinary model. So not only are these police officers left with limited financial support, they also have to endure the removal process that states that the Commissioner of Police has lost confidence in them. ▷ 15 POLICE NEWS APRIL 2018
What WAPU wants In August 2017, WAPU presented a proposal to the Minister for Police to introduce payment to police officers that are medically retired from WA Police. The proposal is designed to ensure that future medically retired police officers aren't discarded in the way they have been in the past.
It is proposed that when Members are medically retired and their impairment for work at the WA Police Force is work-related, they be entitled to a payment to assist in compensating them for loss of their income.
MEDICAL RETIREMENT WAPU has long petitioned for medical retirement to be taken out of Section 8 of the Police Act and be inserted elsewhere in the Act. It is disheartening and wholly unfair on Members to be removed from the WA Police Force via Loss of Confidence when they are medically retired, particularly given Section 8 is the usual vehicle for removing Members on integrity and conduct grounds. We don't petition for a widening or narrowing of the power to medically retire, just a clearer separation in the Act between removal for Loss of Confidence as opposed to medical retirement. It is proposed that when Members are medically retired and their impairment for work at the WA Police Force is work-related, they be entitled to a payment to assist in compensating them for loss of their income.
LOSS OF INCOME PAYMENT A payment would be in respect to loss of income only, and this proposal is not intended to affect entitlements to medical and other expenses under the existing Police (Medical and Other Expenses for Former Officers) Act 2008. This payment is not to be reduced by reason of any GESB or private insurance payment that might also be payable to the Member (e.g. under a Total and Permanent Disability insurance policy). The loss of a police officer's income often has devastating effects on them and their family. Some medically retired police officers retain some work capacity on the open labour market. Others will never be fit for work of any nature. Medically retired police officers are of different ages and therefore at different stages of their career when medically retired. A scheme needs to recognise and deal with these different conditions. Stated in its simplest form, our proposal is: Payment = Maximum Sum x Level of Work Impairment x Age Factor** We propose the Maximum Sum be initially set at $2,194,444 and be annually indexed at the Wage Price Index for Western Australia. 16 POLICE NEWS APRIL 2018
EXAMPLES A 25-year-old Member who is medically retired and has no residual work capacity would be entitled to a payment of $2,194,444 calculated as follows: Payment= $2,194,444 (Maximum Sum) x 100 per cent (Work Impairment) x 100 per cent (Age Factor) A 43-year-old Member who is medically retired and is assessed as having a 50 per cent work impairment would be entitled to a payment of $899,722 calculated as follows: Payment= $2,194,444 (Maximum Sum) x 50 per cent (Work Impairment) x 82 per cent (Age Factor) A 58-year-old Member who is medically retired and is assessed as having a 20 per cent work impairment would be entitled to a payment of $210,667 calculated as follows: Payment= $2,194,444 (Maximum Sum) x 20 per cent (Work Impairment) x 48 per cent (Age Factor)
View WAPUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed scheme at www.wapu.org.au
**WAPU included in its proposal a schedule to calculate the Age Factor.
In their own words These are real life examples of two police officers who were medically retired. Sadly, they are not the only ones who have been affected by their service to the WA Police Force and left on the scrapheap. Fiona*** left the WA Police Force as a First Class Constable after nearly 18 years employment. She worked general duties for the majority of her career. “I am 43 years of age. [I am] very unwell and unemployable. [I am] homeless. [I am] estranged from my beloved family. [I have attempted suicide twice] – one suicide note detailed my cause of death as being due to joining the WA Police. [I have had] two years of accumulated psychiatric hospital stays. [I am] on multiple medications. I can’t remember what I did yesterday. [My mind is full of] horrific flashbacks. [I am] completely isolated and disconnected from normal society and the life I should have had… I have problems managing the very little money I do get as I can be forgetful, compulsive and obsessive”. Eric*** worked for the WA Police Force for almost 17 years. He worked the majority of his career in traffic and finished as a Senior Constable. “Earlier in my police constable days, like everyone else, I worked alone a lot of the time. On one occasion I was assaulted by 12 people, on another fought for my life on the side of an east-west highway, on another fought armed offenders leaving a bank hold up whilst I was alone and unarmed. For the rest of my career it was just going from fight to fight, accident scene to accident scene, driving fast to this emergency then to that emergency, chase this car, chase that car. There are too many traumatic events to detail, yet none would be out of the ordinary for most police. I also have big blocks of time that don't exist in my mind. For example, I worked in the Traffic Accident Branch for some time and don't recall any accidents I attended there. I remember the red phone from St Johns Ambulance, but none of the accidents. I am told I have blocked a lot of trauma out. I have similar blockouts at other stations I worked at, in particular the several years I worked night shift traffic in Perth. I had a nervous breakdown and spent my 25th birthday and three months in a government psychiatric hospital. I was just drugged and never had any psychological counselling. Prior to my hospital stay, I had visited the police doctor’s office 28 times over a two-odd year period for a variety of injuries and stress related symptoms but remained operational during all that time. Most other officers tell me they are medically retired or deemed non-operational after becoming so unwell. In my case, around six months after leaving hospital I was medicated and sent back out to the police frontline to do it all over again, driving pursuit cars and carrying a gun.”
“[I am] completely isolated and disconnected from normal society and the life I should have had…”
***Names have been changed to protect the identities of our former Members. 17 POLICE NEWS APRIL 2018
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First held in 1984, the inaugural Australian National Police Games were founded with the intention of bringing police service personnel together under the common banner of sport. This spirit of friendly competition has expanded to embrace competitors from New Zealand and other Pacific nations. From 1999, all full-time emergency services personnel were invited to compete. Like no other event on the emergency services calendar, the Australasian Police and Emergency Services (AP&ES) Games builds camaraderie and promotes a healthy lifestyle through participation in sport, whilst heightening community awareness of police and emergency services. The AP&ES Games are a biennial event held throughout Australia and New Zealand, with the 17th Games being hosted within the City of Mandurah, between October 28 and November 3, 2018. The Games are open to all serving and retired members and registered volunteers of eligible agencies. Eligible agencies include police and law enforcement and emergency service agencies. Eligible competitors are either full time or part time employees (sworn and unsworn), registered volunteers or retired personnel from eligible agencies across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Papua
New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. Competitors must be 18 years or over at the time of the Games. The Games aim to provide a positive sporting, cultural, social and tourism experience for all competitors and accompanying persons, while fostering positive physical and mental health benefits for participants. The focus of the 2018 Games is Mental Health and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) within police and emergency services workers - how we can all do things to strengthen and promote our own mental wellbeing and that of others. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as easy as A-B-C: Act-Belong-Commit. With more than 50 sports on offer at the 2018 AP&ES Games you can safely say there is something for everyone and plenty of chances for you to take on your local, state, national and international comrades for gold. Competitions at the Games contribute points from specific events towards two trophies; the Australia New Zealand Police Games Federation Trophy, and the Emergency Services Shield, both awarded by the federation. These respective trophies are retained by the winning jurisdiction for the period between each games.
The first people to have inhabited the region were the Bindjareb people of the Noongar Nation, who named the locality Mandjoogoordap (now Mandurah), which translates as ‘meeting place of the heart’. Today, the Peel Region is made up of the City of Mandurah and surrounding Shires of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Murray, Waroona and Boddington. Mandurah is WA’s largest and fastest growing regional city and is set against a backdrop of magnificent beaches and an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour. With new tourism experiences complementing its superb natural assets, significant redevelopment and recently being recognised as WA’s 2017 Top Tourism Town, Mandurah has come of age. The city offers award-winning waterfront dining, aquatic adventures, world- class golf courses and plenty of places to shop. Mandurah is only an hour south of Perth, making it an easy destination for a day trip or longer stay. It is the perfect starting point to explore the wider Peel Region. In an easy half hour drive, you will discover beautiful wineries, winding waterways, charming country eateries, rolling green hills and tiny timber towns nestled amid the forest. There are so many unique experiences you can easily spend a week or more exploring Perth’s natural adventure playground. The main social hub, named the MAR-Quay, is located at Mandjar Square, overlooking the marvellous estuary and Eastern Foreshore. The MAR-Quay will be a great location to start celebrations after a long day of competition and the perfect venue to start your evening with friends and family before heading out to explore Mandurah’s nightlife and social events. There are four main sporting hubs, all award-winning venues within a four kilometre radius of the MAR-Quay. Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC) is home to Swimming, Squash, Netball, CrossFit and more. Rushton Park will host AFL 9s, Rugby, Track and Field, just to name a few. Peelwood Reserve will host Cricket, Hockey and Soccer. Halls Head Recreation Centre is home to BJJ, Badminton and Table Tennis.
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HOW TO GET INVOLVED Being involved in the Games means being part of something bigger. Staff, competitors, managers, coaches, supporters and volunteers will all come together as a diverse and united team to shape what is going to be an extraordinary games, which will be remembered for years to come. A one off games registration fee applies to all competitors, which includes official games registration accreditation pass; access to compete in approximately 50 sports; participation in the opening and closing ceremonies; an official games pack (which includes lots of goodies); access to the MAR-Quay and event first aid.
Registrations are now open. For more information about the Games and to register head to www.apandesgames.com.au/ and stay up to date via Facebook and Instagram /APESGames2018. 19 POLICE NEWS APRIL 2018
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Golf day leaves a legacy BY STEVEN GLOVER
The ever-popular WA Police Legacy Golf Day at the Wanneroo Golf Club enters its 12th year in 2018 and marks a changing of the baton. The event will be held on Friday, May 18 and will be looking to increase on the more than $100,000 it has raised since the inaugural golf day back in 2006. Sergeant David Bright and Sergeant Steve Harding have retired from organising the event, leaving Senior Constable Claire McNama and her band of helpers to run this year’s instalment. The event started quite small when David and Steve were at Clarkson Police Station and their goal was to increase community engagement. “Initially after we completed our first one, and after the mayhem finished, Steve and I sat down said wouldn’t it be nice if we could raise $100,000?” David said. “We achieved that goal, we thought we’ve done our bit and it’s time if anyone else would like to pick up the baton and run with it, then go ahead.” David and Steve are helping Claire with the finer details of running the event and David said it was nice to leave a legacy. “It has become one of the events for WA Police Legacy on the metropolitan calendar and the likes of Shane Sadler approached us to keep the event going, they knew we had finished, so it means something to them as well,” David said. Claire put her hand up to run the event because she thought it would be a shame if it fell by the wayside. “Legacy is an incredibly worthwhile cause and sometimes does not get the recognition it deserves,” she told Police News. “The ironic thing is I know nothing about golf, apart from some of the basics because my partner plays golf, but I have never played.” She said she was looking forward to the challenge of running the event which will see 90 golfers of various ages
and abilities tackling the Wanneroo layout in a three-ball Ambrose format. “If I can achieve anywhere near what Steve and Dave have achieved I’ll be happy. I’ll aim for that and see how we go,” Claire said. David and Claire were very thankful for the sponsors who continually support the event: Wanneroo Golf Club, Harvey Norman Joondalup, Candlewood (Sisters) IGA, Farmer Jacks Currambine, Bunnings Joondalup, Fencemakers, Grand Blvd Chiropractic Joondalup, Aim Dental Group, Tradewinds Hotel Fremantle, The Vines Resort, Infinity Energy, John Hughes and Commonwealth Bank. David said the Wanneroo Golf Club was one of the major sponsors of the day. “It’s actually quite nice because we have seen the Wanneroo Golf Club grow with the golf day,” he said. “They are our major sponsor, first prize is always a round of golf, they give us cheap green fees, drinks at cost on the course and all those types of things go a hell of a long way.” WA Police Legacy Manager Jill Willoughby said the golf day has been an essential part of the annual Police Legacy fundraising. “The incredible efforts by Dave and Steve has ensured the continued support to our Police Legacy families,” she said. “They have committed many, many hours running around organising and chasing up the valued support and contributions to make certain of each year’s success. “Hopefully 2018 will see them both swinging clubs and having a few well-deserved beers at the end of the day. “WA Police Legacy are truly grateful for all their hard work and commitment.”
Claire McNama and David Bright at Wanneroo Golf Club ahead of the Police Legacy Golf Day.
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RE LIF FE T-O RE U NC T E
Meal Breaks & Allowances When am I entitled to a meal break?
How long is my shift?
How long is my meal break?
When can I take my break?
Can I split my meal break?*
In the 4th, 5th or 6th hour
In the 4th, 5th or 6th hour
In the 4th, 5th or 6th hour
In the 5th, 6th or 7th hour
In the 5th, 6th or 7th hour
Clause 12 (8)(a)&(b) *Note â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you require OIC approval to split meal breaks.
What happens if I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take my meal break?
If you are unable to take a meal break due to continuous duty, you can claim for a missed meal (F15). You can claim for a maximum of five missed meals per pay period (F16), however the WA Police Force may grant reimbursement greater than five days depending on the nature of the claim. Schedule F (as at February 14, 2018) Missed Meal Allowance F15
Rate per meal
F16 Maximum reimbursement per pay period $31.75
What happens if my meal break is interrupted? You are entitled to an uninterrupted meal break. If your break is interrupted you are entitled to start a full meal break again. If duties prevent you from finishing a meal break, you can claim the Missed Meal Allowance.
Clause 12 (8)(c)&(d)
What happens if my shift is extended? Do I qualify for an additional meal break?
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If your rostered shift is extended, the following additional meal breaks apply: Overtime worked 2 Hours or more Clause 14(4)(a)(i)&(iii)
How long is my additional meal break?
When can I take this break?
After first 2 hours of overtime
You will be entitled to further meal breaks of 30 minutes after each further 5 hours of overtime from the previous meal break.
What if I am recalled to duty? What meal breaks apply?
If you are recalled for duty, the following meal breaks apply: Overtime worked 4 Hours or more Clause 14(4)(a)(ii)&(iii)
Can I claim a Meal Allowance for a shift extension or a recall to duty? Did you receive notice of the shift extension or recall to duty the previous day or earlier? YES
How long is my meal break?
When can I take this break?
Within 5.5 hours of commencement
If you continue to work 5 hours from the completion of your meal break, you will be entitled to an additional 30 minute meal break and additional 30 minute meal breaks for every 5 hours worked thereafter. What Meal Allowances can I claim for overtime worked? Where you haven’t been provided notice of the overtime on the previous day or earlier, the Employer shall provide you a meal. Where the Employer fails to provide a meal and the Employee certifies that he or she purchased a meal, the appropriate meal allowance in the following table shall be paid to the Employee in lieu of each such meal: Meal Break Period
Was a meal provided for you? YES
0600 hours or later but before 1100 hours
$10.80 per meal
1100 hours or later but before 1600 hours
$13.30 per meal
1600 hours or later but before 2200 hours
$15.95 per meal
2200 hours or later but before 0600 hours
$10.80 per meal
No, you cannot claim a Meal Allowance
What happens if I am away from my home or headquarters during a meal period?
Yes, you can claim a Meal Allowance (refer to the table on the right)
If you received notification of overtime the previous day or earlier, and supplied your own meal but due to continuous duty couldn’t partake of the meal, then you can claim the appropriate meal allowance from the above table.
Metro officers travelling within the metro area
If you are travelling on duty and cannot return home or to headquarters for an entitled meal break and you purchase a meal, you can claim a Missed Meal Allowance (F15)
Regional officers and regional travel
Meals and other entitlements are established in Clause 27 – Travelling Allowances
For further information contact the WAPU Industrial Team on 9321 2155.
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KATRINA TAYLOR Industrial Officer
Changes to TOIL in the Agreement WITH THE NEW POLICE OFFICER INDUSTRIAL AGREEMENT coming into effect on February 14, 2018, we have received a lot of queries regarding the changes to TOIL, which now accrues at overtime rates.
Overtime is calculated for the relevant weekly period (Monday to Sunday), and is calculated on a continuous basis regardless of whether an officer elects to be paid as overtime or accrue this as TOIL. Example: if an officer works three hours overtime on a Monday this would be calculated at time and a half, and then if they work another three hours overtime on Wednesday this would all be calculated at double time (as they have already worked three hours overtime for the week). An officer can elect to either be paid for overtime or granted TOIL for each period of authorised overtime. However, you cannot have a mixture of paid overtime and TOIL for the same period of authorised overtime. In the example above, the employee could elect to be paid for the overtime worked on the Monday, and then elect to accrue TOIL for the overtime worked on the Wednesday. Any questions relating to the recording or calculation of TOIL on SIMR should be directed to WA Police Force Personnel Services Division.
It is important to note that the Country Deployment Allowance applies separately, and in addition to, any travelling allowances which may also apply, including accommodation, meal reimbursement and the allowance to meet incidental expenses.
COUNTRY DEPLOYMENT ALLOWANCE The Country Deployment Allowance provisions (in clause 17, sub-clause 16) have also been expanded in the new Industrial Agreement. Previously, this allowance only applied when an employee was temporarily relieving in regional WA and required to reside away from their usual residence. Under the new Agreement, employees who are deployed from their metropolitan area headquarters to regional WA to undertake operational duties are entitled to the Country Deployment Allowance for each day they are required to reside away from their usual place of residence. This includes employees deployed to regional areas to undertake investigations or provide additional support for protests or funerals. The allowance is currently paid at $20 per day, up to a maximum of a $100 per week in any seven day roster period (Monday to Sunday). It is important to note that the Country Deployment Allowance applies separately, and in addition to, any travelling allowances (set out in clause 27) which may also apply, including accommodation, meal reimbursement and the allowance to meet incidental expenses set out in Schedule F of the Agreement. E xample: A n of f icer from a metropolitan based headquarters travels to Margaret River and stays overnight for three nights to assist with
an investigation. The officer has been provided with paid accommodation and a corporate card for meals. The officer would be entitled to be paid the Country Deployment Allowance for the three nights they are staying away from their usual residence ($60 total). The officer would also be entitled to the allowance to meet incidental expenses (as per the conditions set out in clause 27, subclause 1 with the specific amounts outlined in Schedule F) for each day spent travelling away from their usual headquarters. It should be noted that the incidental allowance amount may be reduced by a specified percentage dependent upon the time departing headquarters to commence travel, and the time returning to headquarters from the travel (outlined in clause 27, sub-clause 4).
POLICE AUXILIARY OFFICERS NEW AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS With the current police auxiliary officer (PAO) Enterprise Order set to expire on November 1, 2018, the WAPU Industrial Team has had preliminary discussions with industrial representatives from the Civil Service Association (CSA). Further discussions will be taking place bet ween both unions to determine joint bargaining objectives and parameters, with a view to formally commence bargaining proceedings shortly. We will keep our Members updated as negotiations progress.
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LINDSAY GARRATT Metropolitan Director
Fostering a healthy police culture WHEN COMMISSIONER CHRIS DAWSON CAME TO OFFICE, he used the phrase “police family” in his inaugural presentation to the media, a term I hadn’t heard for many years. The notion of “police family” goes to the heart of culture. So, I was keen to delve deeper into the Commissioner’s thinking about the connection between leadership and the culture within the organisation: in five years from now, what exactly will be the legacy of his leadership? The Commissioner made two points. Firstly, he used the term “police force”, which went out of favour in the mid-1990s after the preferred term of “police service” was introduced and more recently, simply “police”. The Commissioner said, “I’ve intentionally called us what we are – that is a police force. It’s on our statute books and it’s never been removed since 1892. We don’t run a multi-national retail organisation. Yes, of course, we have “customers”, but we are there to enforce the law.” This core role led to the Commissioner’s second point. That is, having a very solid culture – described as “…the blue family, a camaraderie, a team unity and a spirit” – which was prominent on his return to the “Western Australia Police Force”.
We shouldn’t be disturbed or concerned with talking about police culture. The absolute strength of a police family and a police force is in fact having a strong healthy culture.
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“It was one of the first things that struck me from my four winters away, when I went back into visit police districts, squads and divisions. I could see the men and the women that make up our force, actually understand our culture. And culture has enormous strength in it. However, it is fallible and can bring things that are unhealthy if it is not managed and harnessed in the right way,” the Commissioner said. “We shouldn’t be disturbed or concerned with talking about police culture. The absolute strength of a police family and a police force is in fact having a strong healthy culture.” The day after the tragic death of First Class Constable Den Green, I witnessed the importance the Commissioner placed on developing a strong, healthy culture. The Commissioner spent time with Den’s colleagues in the Traffic Enforcement Group, giving recognition to the human side of being a police officer. It was obvious in briefing the TEG officers that Commissioner Dawson had devoted some time talking with Den’s wife and family to better understand the impacts. He also reached out to others to ensure they had the necessary help and support. But the Commissioner also recognised the impact on Den’s colleagues and personally gave the officers permission to grieve. When I questioned the Commissioner further about his view of the “police family” he said it shone brightest during our dark times. “We see the absolute benefits of a police family when we have tragedies, when you have a force under significant public scrutiny and pressure, when some of our members are injured, or rarely, but tragically killed on the job. In those most acute times, you see the unity of purpose and the values of our police family come together. We very much
Commissioner Chris Dawson. Image: Jody D'Arcy
I openly advocate supporting charities such as Police Legacy and the Police Family Advisory Council, and I speak to them about the value of being part of the Union.
look after each other. And that is something I want to foster and promote.” The Commissioner suggested we will operate better if we have a strong healthy culture. However, he also warned we need to be careful not to isolate ourselves from the community. In advancing and fostering a positive police family culture, the Commissioner revealed he’s made a conscious decision to talk face-to-face with every recruit squad before they graduate. Recruits have an unfiltered opportunity to hear the Commissioner’s expectations and what he sees as most important; and to ask questions. “One of the things, amongst a number of messages I give them, is to ensure they understand the benefits of police culture. I talk about things they can also do to support their brothers and sisters in policing. That is, I openly advocate supporting charities such as Police Legacy and the Police Family Advisory Council, and I speak to them about the value of being part of the Union.” Another key point for the Commissioner in promoting a healthy police culture is fostering an environment where people feel at ease to ask questions. Reflecting on his own experiences, he says he has learnt much from the poor leader who adversely impacted on him as a non-commissioned officer and how poorly it felt. He was unhappy, and three or four good police officers resigned partly through the behaviour of that more senior officer. “No one should suffer the way I suffered,” Commissioner Dawson said.
So, as part of his face-to-face with recruits, the Commissioner encourages them to question and to ask questions. “Don’t be afraid to ask your supervisor if you think it is either wrong or you don’t understand the reason as to why you’re being asked to do a certain thing,” he said. “And I know for me when I was being supervised, at times I did have those questions and it was the case at times I was uncertain, and I did ask a number of questions on the way through, that I didn’t like the answer I was going to get. But that shouldn’t mean you don’t ask the question. “If we are scared to ask a question, then we’ve got an unhealthy culture. But that doesn’t mean you question absolutely everything you’re asked to do. We must have a culture in which we are supportive, and not ‘do as I say, not as I do’. That’s where people will really see evidence of good leadership; where they are following someone or are influenced for the right reasons. “That is a much heathier organisation and workplace if we are prepared to, one, listen to our internal leaders, and two, have a healthy workplace where you can actually ask the question. If you’re too scared to ask or you don’t think your question will be received well, for me that’s not the police force I want to operate in.” The Commissioner made it clear that we can learn from these experiences and that things won’t change towards a healthy culture until we are honest with ourselves and are prepared to question. But, in understanding the risk, the Commissioner's advice is to: “Always do it with respect!” 27 POLICE NEWS APRIL 2018
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INAUGURAL POLICE WEEK TO CELEBRATE AND COMMEND This year, the Police Federation of Australia (PFA) will hold its inaugural Police Week. Mirrored on National Police Week in the US, which attracts more than 40,000 attendees, Australia’s Police Week will run from September 15 – 29. Bookended by the Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance and National Police Remembrance Day, Police Week aims to draw the policing community together to participate and honour those officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and celebrate the excellent work of Australia’s police. While a focus will be on the National Police Memorial in Canberra, jurisdictions across the country will also be holding events under the auspice of Police Week. Events that will be held include the Wall to Wall: Ride for Remembrance, a 100km Century Bike Ride, a National Police Summit, the inaugural National Bravery
* POLICE WEEK EVENTS Event
Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance
Remembering Mates Century Bike Ride
Informa/PFA National Police Summit
PFA Federal Council
National Police Remembrance Day Service
Awards, the 2018 PFA Federal Council Meeting and the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA) Biennial Conference. This year, the Wall to Wall will also be holding satellite rides for those in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, who would like to be involved but find that the long ride to Canberra difficult for a range of reasons. It is planned that the Memorial Service from Canberra will be televised so those in the NT can still feel part of the national ride. It is hoped that the satellite ride concept will be expanded in future years to include other distant locations across the country. Also, this year will see the first Remembering Mates Century Bike Ride, where cyclists will participate in a 100km course in their home jurisdiction that aims to conclude at their state or territory memorial, at the same time as the national event in Canberra. Once again it is anticipated that the ceremony on the banks of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin will be televised back. As with the Wall to Wall, all profits from the bike ride will be donated to police legacy organisations. R e g i s t r at i o n s f o r b ot h w ill open soon via the website www.policeweek.org.au
The inaugural National Police Bravery Awards, developed for police by police will also be held during Police Week. The Award will transcend all state and jurisdictional divides; making the recipients truly national heroes. Nominations for the Award will be sought, from police officers, for police officers across Australia and a nomination form will be available on the Police Week website. Police Week 2018 provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement and will draw together supporters of policing from across the country in a range of formal and informal activities. It is envisaged that Police Week will become a major event on the Australian policing calendar. Fo r more inf o r mat io n a b o u t Po lice We e k p lea s e v i s it w w w. p o licewe e k .o r g . a u o r co nt a c t t h e PFA O f f ice o n (02) 6 2 3 9 8 9 0 0.
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CARL GROSSETTI Field Officer
Carl brings Field Officer team to three I STARTED MY POSITION IN LATE JANUARY 2018 AND SO FAR, LOVE IT. It can be flat out hectic, but those of you that have previously worked with me know I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I have an interest in the emotional and mental health of our Members and advocate for access to effective services and programs for Members. Looking after our ageing, operational workforce is also another priority.
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I am a former member of WA Police, starting as a police cadet in 1982 and graduating from Recruit School 1/1984 at the Maylands Police Academy. I spent my early uniform years at Warwick Police Station, Warwick Mobile Patrol and Scarborough Police Station, completing several country relieving stints at Lancelin, Jurien Bay and became a detective in 1989. As a detective, I worked at a number of suburban detective offices, including Perth City CIB, Motor Squad and Claremont CIB during my probation period and was selected as a founding member of the Asian Squad, where I worked from 1993 – 1997. I dealt with a variety of offences from Asian street (gang) crime, extortion, wilful murder and community engagement amongst the Vietnamese and Chinese communities. Our aim was to break down cultural barriers, fear of authority and encourage those communities to report crime to police officers they could trust. One of the more interesting cases I worked on (and there were many) in Asian Squad included the arrest and criminal deportation of a Japanese Yakuza “enforcer” from the Sumiyoshi-kai (the second largest Yakuza organised crime group in Japan) who was sent to Perth to extort a wealthy Japanese business entrepreneur. A joint agency approach with our federal counterparts resulted in obtaining a number of valuable pieces of intelligence, including an initiation ritual document (like a photo album of historical photographs of former past “officials” and their recorded initiation ceremonies). At the time we were told that this was the first time in western law enforcement history, that an original document had ever been seized or seen. I worked at Public Sector Investigations Unit and later transferred to Scarborough Detectives, where I was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 1998, and then worked at Division 79/MIG, as a Detective Supervisor, as part of
the “final crew” before it was disbanded. I remained in the Major Crime Division at Prison Unit for several years and had a ball tracking down escapees and investigating crime and serious offences, connected to correctional facilities throughout the State. I spent a few years at the Detective Training School at Joondalup, as a senior instructor and then returned to uniform duties at Perth. I ended my career with WA Police in March 2008 as acting OIC of Hillarys Police Station. The reasons I left WA Police were many and varied, but without a cold beer or a good red wine, I won’t share them here. Let me say that I loved most of the work, most of the time and most of the people I interacted with (not the crooks). I still regularly catch up with a few lifelong friends I made in the job and unfortunately lost a couple of them along the way. This was undeniably the result of the inherently dangerous nature of policing. It was also because of the indirect impact – emotionally and physically – that the job has on us. Anyway, after three days off, I started work with the Department of Fisheries as the Officer in Charge of the Serious Offences Unit (their Agency’s equivalent of a TIG office) but with an extended covert technical and physical surveillance capability. I remained in that role for six years, developing the unit’s investigative and covert capacity and successfully getting the unit included in the current Criminal Investigation (Covert Powers) Act. That job was awesome and if it was not for the approval of a voluntary severance package in late 2013, I would have happily stayed there. I spent some time afterwards working on contract in local government, focusing on community safety and emergency management roles and most recently as an Investigator with the Department of Justice, Corrective Services Division. I am an advocate of “healthy lifestyle equals healthy
New Field Officer allocation WITH THE EMPLOYMENT OF A THIRD FIELD OFFICER, WAPU has enhanced its operational structure to ensure that Members receive the best Legal, OSH and Welfare coverage. All Field Officers will conduct this work and have been allocated Branches in metropolitan and regional areas. It is recommended in the first instance, if a Branch has an issue, they contact the Field Officer allocated to their area. mind” and encourage Members, whatever their age, to stay active and healthy. I have an interest in the emotional and mental health of our Members and advocate for access to effective services and programs for Members. Looking after our ageing, operational workforce is also another priority I am an avid road cyclist (yep, a MAMIL). I enjoy cycling and have participated in a number of sanctioned events, including the role as a lead-out driver at the recent World UCI cycling event in Perth. I have participated in fundraising rides including the Wild West Bike Ride for Police Legacy on several occasions. I also enjoy getting out and riding my motorcycle. Good food, great wine (reds), travelling and entertaining, top out my other pursuits. As a Field Officer at WAPU, we now are part of the 24/7, callout roster for attendance at Critical Incidents Involving Police (CIIP), in partnership with our Legal Team at TGB Lawyers. In the first week of my new role, I was called out to attend a fatal vehicle crash, following an evade police incident (pursuit) where a 16-year-old youth tragically lost his life and injured his two friends (he could have chosen to stop, but didn’t!). I attended the scene with Solicitor Richard Yates and had access to our Members who were directly involved and affected by this incident. It was refreshing to see our Members both well supported and treated respectfully by those tasked with investigating the crash. I strongly believe that our presence at the scene and the fact that the majority of senior investigating staff were known to me, greatly assisted in this process. Members can now expect this level of service at CIIP to ensure their welfare is of paramount importance and they are treated with the fairness and respect they deserve. I look forward to working together to ensure that we look after our Members and catching up with some of the (not so) old faces, in due course.
DEAN GIACOMINI • Metropolitan: Academy, Joondalup, Midland, Midland Workshops, Mirrabooka, Northern ROG, State Traffic Operations and TEG North. • Mid-West Gascoyne: Central West Coast, Gascoyne, Geraldton and Murchison. • Kimberley: East Kimberley and West Kimberley • Pilbara: Fortescue, North Pilbara and West Pilbara
CARL GROSSETTI • Metropolitan: Commissioned Officers, Intelligence Services (Covert), Major Crime, Maylands, Perth Police Centre, Perth Watch House, Professional Standards, Prosecuting, Serious & Organised Crime, Sex Crimes and State Intelligence (Overt). • Goldfields-Esperance: Eastern Goldfields, Northern Eastern Goldfields and South East Eyre. • Wheatbelt: Avon, Central Midlands and Eastern Wheatbelt.
CARL STEWART • Metropolitan: Air Wing, Armadale / Gosnells, Cannington, Cockburn Central, Fremantle, Licensing Enforcement, Mandurah, Rockingham / Kwinana, Southern ROG, TEG South and Water Police. • Great Southern: Central Great Southern, Great Southern and Upper Great Southern. • South West: Bunbury / Australind, Leeuwin Naturaliste, Lower South West and South West Hinterland.
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Can I appeal a denied WA Police Force Security Clearance? MOST OF THE ENQUIRIES we field as police union lawyers are in relation to denied or cancelled WA Police Force security clearances. In answer to the most asked question: can you appeal an adverse decision on a security clearance? The answer is yes, kind of.
The principles of procedural fairness are not tricky rules dreamt up by lawyers. They are the rules that society has demanded through history of the executive government to abide by to ensure a fair go all round.
Before getting to the appeal rights, it’s important to understand what security clearances actually are. Considering the sensitive nature of information held in the WA Police Force information holdings, it is not surprising that a security clearance system is used by the WA Police Force to control who has access to particularly sensitive information. Such a system is also consistent with its obligations to third parties (such as other law enforcement agencies) to keep secure certain information received by and shared with them. The WA Police Force has aligned their security clearance system to the Australian Government’s Protective Security Framework. This framework is a collection of guidelines, policies and procedures published and updated by the Commonwealth Government that sets out what security clearances are, when they are required, and how they are to be assessed and reviewed. There are obvious benefits to the WA Police Force having signed up to the national framework. The framework provides a nationally consistent system of intelligence and law enforcement agencies recognising information security and avoiding the potential problem of agencies having their own systems that don’t resemble each other.
The national framework has information security at its core. However, fairness to applicants is not its poor cousin. The framework is very explicit that agencies must ensure they adhere to principles of procedural fairness. These principles are, generally speaking, common sense. For example, that the decision maker should appear to be unbiased, adverse information should be disclosed to the applicant before an adverse decision is made, and the applicant be given a true and fair opportunity to plead their case in reply. The principles of procedural fairness are not tricky rules dreamt up by lawyers. They are the rules that society has demanded through history of the executive government to abide by to ensure a fair go all round. Most Members will have heard of Baseline Vetting, Negative Vetting 1 (NV1), Negative Vetting 2 (NV2) and Positive Vetting. Those clearances, in that order, are the levels of security clearances contained within the Protective Security Framework. Because the WA Police Force administer its own vetting, it is important to appreciate that a security clearance in the WA Police Force is not a national security clearance per se. For example, a WA Police Force NV2 issued clearance is relevant within the WA Police Force, but a Member being seconded to another agency (for example the Australian Federal Police) would need to have the host agency recognise the WA Police Force NV2. In some cases, responsibility for the NV2 vetting and review would be transferred to the host agency.
The WA Police Force doesn’t issue security clearances pursuant to any particular Act or Regulation. The closest the process gets to WA legislation is that the adoption of the national framework is consistent with the Commissioner of Police’s power to control and manage the Police Force, under Section 5 of the Police Act 1892. Because the issuing of securit y clearances isn’t pursuant to any WA legislation, there is no specific appeal right to an external body. However, there is a general right to complain about government decisions under the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1971, to the ombudsman (WA). The ombudsman has power to review decisions of the executive arm of government (eg WA Police Force) and make recommendations if they are of the opinion the decision was wrong. In reaching this view, the ombudsman does not usually conduct a review into the merits of the decision, but will usually review the process that was used. In the case of security clearances, this will involve considering whether the national framework was correctly applied. Considering the framework entrenches procedural fairness, a breach of those principles is likely to be the most common appeal point.
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Comparing hospital cover isn’t about predicting what health services you may require, but feeling confident you’ll be covered if and when you need it. The most common causes of dissatisfied consumers are exclusions and restrictions. Keep this top of mind when you’re reviewing your cover. Trust us, it’s better to check off on these now than be hit with more bad news when you’re already faced with a trip to hospital.
Health insurance staff are poised and ready to provide ‘b enef it comparisons’ for you. It’s their job, make use of it. Having a real person help you compare covers has a lot of advantages over using comparison websites that often only sort based on price and basic details. So once you’ve narrowed down a list of potential insurers, ask each to do a benefit comparison with the other insurers on your list. Refer to steps 1-4 when you review the information they give you.
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If you receive an adverse decision on a security clearance, you should ask a few questions: • Firstly, whether the decision maker appears to be unbiased; • Secondly, whether the adverse material was notified to you, with enough specifics to understand what is being alleged, as opposed to some generalised rumour or gossip; and • Thirdly, whether you were given a good enough opportunity to put forward evidence and submissions in your defence. The further the WA Police Force have strayed from the procedure laid out in the framework, the more likely an appeal is to succeed and the ombudsman recommend the decision be disturbed. There may also be a right to bring an application for judicial review in the Supreme Court of WA, although for various reasons, most appeals against adverse decisions on WA Police Force security clearances are likely to be made to the ombudsman at first instance, and consideration given to the Supreme Court thereafter.
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The new ZB Commodore – how does it stack up? WITH THE CLOSURE OF Australian manufacturing plants and the move to becoming a fully-imported brand, Holden lovers could be forgiven for feeling slightly nervous about the release of the new Commodore ZB. The new model represents a big change, becoming a European-sourced car for the first time in the nameplate’s 30-year history and available with a turbo-diesel engine for the first time ever.
EXPANDED RANGE AND NEW ENGINE OPTIONS The new Commodore is available in three new body styles - a liftback, station wagon (Sportwagon), or highriding station wagon (Tourer). The range encompasses a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engines (petrol and diesel) or a 3.6-litre naturally aspirated V6 engine (petrol only). Petrol-powered versions now enjoy a 9-speed automatic transmission aiding performance and economy, whilst turbo-diesel versions receive an 8-speed auto.
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The Commodore has long enjoyed a reputation as a spacious car and the new model delivers on old promises, but with a few compromises.
Keen to keep the punters happy, Holden has added a host of new tech to the range including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), lane keep assist and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Features on higher models include a 360-degree camera, heated and cooled massage seats, matrix LED lights and wireless phone charging. On RS and RSV Sportwagon models, you’ll also get a power tailgate and, thanks to an LED light that projects the Holden logo onto the ground, you’ll always know where to put your foot to open the boot.
IMPRESSIVE INTERIOR The Commodore has long enjoyed a reputation as a spacious car and the new model delivers on old promises, but with a few compromises. Dimensionally, the new model sits somewhere between the VT and VE Commodore. Although head and shoulder room has reduced slightly over its VF predecessor, ZB
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DETECTORISTS SERIES 3
‘A comedy treasure about metal detectorists’ The award-winning ‘detectorists’ returns for a third series as we follow in the footsteps of Andy (Mackenzie Crook) and Lance (Toby Jones), two friends sharing a devotion to metal detecting. With their eyes on a particular plot of land, they dream of the one find which would bring history to life and change their lives in the process. Having returned from Africa, Andy and Becky (Rachael Stirling) have moved in temporarily with her mother (Diana Rigg) with all the challenges that come with the territory. Lance is trying to kick-start his relationship with Toni (Rebecca Callard), but her living on a barge makes him queasy and his daughter staying at the flat leaves it all rather precarious – with none of this being helped by the reappearance of his ex-wife. Meanwhile Lance and Andy’s search for gold continues as they face enemies old and new. This delightful comedy continues to unearth the hidden depths of those who call themselves ‘detectorists’.
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It’s your retirement, It’s your choice Leaving the Force may seem a long way off, but you can never start planning your transition too soon. At Just Financial in Kardinya, we have assisted more than 500 clients through their retirement journey. With over 45 years in the financial planning industry combined, we can design a strategy that focuses on achieving a comfortable and affordable retirement, not solely reliant on the Age Benefit Pension, but based on what you want out of life. Over the years, we have developed a deep understanding of how to guide, support and encourage our clients as they move towards their future goals. Our team-based approach ensures the continuity and quality of our relationships over time; you won’t be left high and dry without a planner of your choice. Whatever your retirement dream may be, we can show you what is required to achieve your goals by implementing a strategy uniquely tailored to you.
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FROM THE ARCHIVES
TWO OFFICERS INJURED AS ZM205 RETIRES HURT
Two Members were very lucky to escape with their lives when their vehicle was hit by a small truck and burst into flames. The Members encountered a serious traffic hazard in the form of a separated tyre tread on the Mitchell Freeway. They were in an unmarked traffic vehicle when they activated their single blue light to try and remove the danger however, the small truck failed to notice the stationary vehicle with a flashing blue light and struck the Members’ vehicle at 100 km/h. With the assistance of two members of the public, both officers were successfully pulled from the wreckage. Both officers were treated for burns and the vehicle was officially written off and retired.
PAIN LINGERS OVER WA DETECTIVE’S BOMBING DEATH
ROYAL COMMISSION CAUSED “ANGST, ANGER” President Michael Dean wrote in the April 2004 edition of Police News on the hot topic of the recently tabled Royal Commission Report. “Media commentaries and reporting following the tabling of the Royal Commission Report certainly grabbed the headlines and caused angst among many of our Members. The extent of this concern seemed directly proportional to Members’ ranks,” he said. In responding to the criticism that WA Police was the worst in the country, Mr Dean said he believed WA Police was the best. “We are the youngest Police Service, the best trained and educated and we have by far some of the best facilities and equipment,” he said. “I am very proud to be a member of the West Australian Police Service and the vast majority of our Members are committed for a lifetime career and would have it no other way.”
The family of murdered police officer Detective Sergeant Geoffrey Bowen travelled to Adelaide in March 2004 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the NCA Bombing. At the time, no one had been charged with the murder however, recent developments have seen Domenic Perre charged with murder and attempted murder. He is currently in custody in South Australia awaiting trial.
MEMORIAL GARDEN AND WALL OF REMEMBRANCE An historic agreement was struck in 2004 to construct a Wall of Remembrance and Memorial garden at the WA Police Academy. The agreement reached between WAPU, WA Police Legacy, Police Families Advisory Council and WA Police to fund the proposal and to have it completed in time for National Police Remembrance Day in September 2004.
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