WAPU Police News June 2018

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JUNE 2018

Officer attacked in river rescue A police officer trying to save a man from drowning is viciously attacked.

Saved from medical retirement WAPU Life Member Denis Hayden saved from being medically retired.

Celebrity cadets take Warburton by storm Three Aboriginal police cadets made the trek up to Warburton.




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JUNE 2018




Officer attacked in river rescue

Three Aboriginal police cadets made the trek up to Warburton to assist during the school holidays and received a rock star reception.



WAPU Life Member Denis Hayden talks exclusively to Police News about his nearmedical retirement.


Competitor experience key focus for Games team The 2018 Australasian Police and Emergency Services (AP&ES) Games are rapidly approaching and the Games Management Team is in full swing preparing all of the events and activities. 4

Celebrity cadets take Warburton by storm

Water Police were called to a Swan River rescue but the incident turned into terror when the man attacked an officer with a screwdriver.

Saved from medical retirement



Adventure Club in full swing The WAPU Adventure Club is in full swing with Members enjoying a number of recent events across the State.




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ABOVE Acting Sergeant Brendan Packard returns to the location where he was savagely attacked. COVER Elizabeth Quay was the backdrop of a Water Police rescue turned attack on Acting Sergeant Brendan Packard. Pictures: Jody D'Arcy.



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Police officers to leave regional WA in droves WAPU HAS LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN to highlight the issue of increased Government Regional Officer Housing (GROH) rents. Members in regional WA were slugged with an additional $30 per week for rent last year and the same is set to happen again from July 1. This means our Members in regional areas have received a $2,000 pay increase however, the Government has increased their rents by $3,120. Our campaign is a grass roots action with input from our regional Branches. We placed adverts in 20 regional newspapers from June 6 to 9 and supported this with mainstream and social media. Each Branch has been tasked with meeting their local government presidents to discuss the issue and how it will affect policing in their town. We already have two locations that are carrying vacancies and struggling to get any applicants so we have used them as examples to highlight the potential risk this could have to police numbers across regional WA.

METROPOLITAN POLICING RESTRUCTURE – BACK TO THE FUTURE In April, Commissioner Chris Dawson announced further changes to the metropolitan policing structure, as foreshadowed in December last year.

While it would be nice to have body worn video, personal body armour is an absolute, non-negotiable requirement. We need to have the capabilities to protect our Members first, rather than capture the offence after it has happened.


Reflecting on Members’ calls for the metropolitan area to be split into eight districts, the Commissioner confirmed these will be Armadale, Cannington, Fremantle, Joondalup, Mandurah, Midland, Mirrabooka and Perth. WAPU has long been calling for the South East Metropolitan District to be split into two districts so we are pleased the Commissioner has listened to our feedback. The Commissioner also confirmed that Local Policing Team and Response Team functions will be merged and managed by police station OICs. One aspect to be retained is that officers will continue working within teams. We are pleased that officers will no longer risk being de-skilled and will again perform all functions of a patrol and inquiry officer. WAPU has also received an undertaking from the Commissioner that he will implement 10-hour shifts across the board, wherever possible, upon the July 1 implementation date. A State Operations Command Centre will be established at Maylands to oversee responses to serious and critical incidents. WAPU is very pleased with the restructure, which in many respects is a return to traditional back to basics policing. We are currently working with the WA Police Force to finalise rosters and assist Members with transfers created by the restructure.

BODY ARMOUR AND BODY WORN VIDEO There has been much public debate about the need for both personal issue body armour and body worn video. WAPU’s position on these two critical issues has always been that body armour should be the Agency’s first priority and rolled out as soon as practicable.


While it would be nice to have body worn video, personal body armour is an absolute, non-negotiable requirement. We need to have the capabilities to protect our Members first, rather than capture the offence after it has happened. WAPU is currently working closely with the WA Police Body Armour Working Group, which recently released its findings from a recent survey. Of nearly 4,000 operational officers who responded to the survey, 88 per cent said they believed officers needed body armour predominantly to be protected against edged weapons. We will now assist WA Police to find the most suitable product to roll out to Members.

STATE BUDGET A voluntary severance program for sworn police officers is the major item which will affect police in the McGowan Government’s second State Budget. Up to 150 police officers can be selected for the program which will be open to senior sergeant and below. Members who accept these packages will be required to depart WA Police by October and will be replaced over the course of the next 18 months. We are positive about this program as it has the potential to allow some Members to depart WA Police and will also open up opportunities for others to move to new positions. Other key items in the State Budget are: • Small increases to the WA Police operating budget; • GROH rental increases of $30 per week; • $78.8 million to build the Armadale Courthouse and Police Complex; and • $26.9 million for a new police helicopter. Disappointingly, there was no allocation made for the State Government’s commitment to a compensation

scheme for medically retired police officers or a redress scheme for those already medically retired. There was also no commitment to additional police numbers.

WAPU RECOGNISED AS ADVERTISER OF THE YEAR The It’s Tough Enough campaign has won high praise for its bravery after it was awarded Campaign Brief’s Advertiser of the Year award. The award highlights the strength of the campaign we created to secure public support for a police compensation scheme, additional police officers and a pay increase for police officers. Previous winners of the award includes the RAC, University of WA and St John Ambulance. In addition, the “How much to…?” radio campaign was judged to be the best radio campaign in Australia in the past 12 months at the national Siren Awards for Radio. These latest two honours add to an already impressive list of awards and commendations for the campaign which goes to show the lengths we have and will go to in an effort to improve your working conditions.

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Port navigation marker 4058 is where Walton assaulted Acting Sergeant Brendan Packard on August 27, 2016.

Powering through the Swan River under blue lights, Acting Sergeant Brendan Packard and Senior Constable Rob Jennings were en route to a report of a man in distress, struggling in the water. It was Saturday, August 27, 2016 and the middle of winter. The duo didn’t have much more information other than the brief details in the CAD job. They didn’t know how the man ended up in the water, his swimming ability or how long he had been immersed. Leaving their North Fremantle base, the officers approached the incident with an open mind and made an assessment when they got to the scene. It was a cold Perth day, where the maximum temperature hovered in the teens but the wind-chill tore through the officers’ uniforms making it seem like eight degrees. They found the man, who appeared naked in the freezing water, with his arms wrapped around port navigation marker 4058 at the newly opened Elizabeth Quay. They didn’t know if he was drug affected or experiencing a form of psychosis. Thirty knot west-southwesterly winds made it extremely difficult for Rob to manoeuvre the boat to enable Brendan to speak to the man, now identified as 35-year-old Nicholas John Walton. However, Rob was able to pilot the vessel into the wind so Brendan could speak with him. Donning a life jacket, Brendan went to the bow of the boat and introduced himself to the dreadlocked man. “I said can I help you mate, I’ll throw you a life ring and you can grab a hold of it,” Brendan said.


“I went below the surface and grabbed him in a rear rescue hold. At the same time I saw an object in his fist and my partner screamed there was something in his hands.”


“But straight away he wasn’t making any sense.” Walton introduced Brendan to the pylon and said things like ‘are you here to kill me’, ‘she’s my mum, I can’t let her go’ and ‘can you see them, I can feel them getting me’. Rob and Brendan persisted with Walton. They tried to communicate with him and threw him a floatation device. However, after 20 or so minutes, they were no closer to resolving the impasse. Walton became delirious and unresponsive, so time was getting critical. Both officers knew the dangers associated with Walton being in the water for too long. Their first concern was hypothermia. Having no knowledge of how long he had already spent in the water, there was a risk that the man’s body would slowly start shutting down due to excessive loss of heat. Hypothermia can slow brain activity, breathing and heart rate. It can also cause confusion, drowsiness and loss of coordination of a person’s limbs, which in this case, could be fatal. They also had no idea of Walton’s swimming ability and were also concerned with the effects of hydrostatic pressure. “This is where the lower half of the body is subject to a greater pressure than the top. You can see this in victims who are out at sea for a long time and it’s a factor in how you rescue them,” Brendan said. “The cool blood flow to the heart can make it fail.” Due to the possibility of a medical emergency and a high level of concern for Walton’s welfare, Brendan had no other choice; he had to get in the water. A Department of Transport boat nearby allowed one of its officers to board the police boat to act as a deckhand for Rob while Brendan took off his accoutrement belt, put on fins and swam over the pylon. Reintroducing himself, Brendon again tried to build a rapport with the man he had been speaking to now for about half an hour.

But it quickly emerged that Walton would not leave the water or release his hands from the pylon. Despite the lure of a warm cup of coffee and a friendly chat, Walton said he still wanted to stay with “his mother” in the water. At this point, Brendon communicated to Rob to bring the boat closer so that he could physically move Walton into the boat, saving his life. From the water, Walton’s view of the boat was emphasised and its size visibility distressed him. “That made him freak out,” Brendan said. “I had to physically move Walton from one side of the pylon to the other to stop him from getting squashed, but he let go and went below the surface and just sank,” Brendan told Police News. Brendan grabbed hold of Walton who appeared hypothermic and without any ability to swim. “I went below the surface and grabbed him in a rear rescue hold. At the same time I saw an object in his fist and my partner screamed there was something in his hands,” Brendan said. From the boat, Rob saw a red flash and thought that Walton was armed with a knife. He was immediately concerned for Brendan’s life. Fighting an armed offender on land is one thing, but struggling in the water whilst keeping yourself and another person afloat is exponentially difficult. The red flash was the handle of an insulated screwdriver that Walton had hidden in his shorts. Brendan could see that it was coming straight for the main artery in his neck. Brendan’s training automatically kicked in. He ducked his head and quickly reached for Walton’s wrist to keep the weapon away from him. “I remember squeezing his wrist as hard as possible,” Brendan said. “He was quite a built guy at the time and I remember my hand only going halfway around his wrist. I could feel his forearm muscles in my hand and could just remember squeezing as hard as possible trying to push it away. I was not letting go of it, no matter what,” he said. Due to the rush of adrenaline pulsing in his bloodstream, Brendan had no idea that the sharp edge of the weapon sliced the side of his neck. Rob yelled at Walton to put the weapon down and pointed his taser at him as a deterrent, knowing that he would not be able to use it. Through gritted teeth, Walton yelled “I’m going to fucking kill you”. Brendan had no use of force options available to him except his hands and no one was able to provide back up because they were in the middle of the Swan River.

With foam and spittle coming from Walton’s mouth, Walton’s aggression was clear. Brendan realised he had to use all of his power to get out of this situation alive. “I can’t remember, but I hit him about 10 times. I remember elbowing him in the head and cut him quite well above his eye and I just looked at that cut and kept hitting him in the same spot,” Brendan said. Still trading blows in the water, Brendan managed to push Walton’s body off his while still holding his wrist. He was able to manoeuvre their bodies closer to the boat to enable Rob to use his baton to strike Walton’s arm a number of times. “I would say he was definitely experiencing some form of excited delirium,” Rob said. The baton strikes had little effect, with Brendan remarking that Walton failed to even flinch at the pain. Kicking his fins furiously to keep both of their bodies afloat, Brendan managed to get his arm around Walton’s head to hold him in headlock while still pushing the weapon away from his body. After struggling and being submerged for a period of time, Brendan finally managed to pry the screwdriver from Walton’s grip.


Being a trained police diver, Brendan threw the weapon at the pylon knowing that divers could easily recover it from the river floor. They found it the very next day as an exhibit. After a solid four or five minutes of intense fighting, Rob was able to throw Brendan a rope to tie around Walton to ensure his safety. He was hoisted onto the deck of the boat where he was finally handcuffed. Blood, sweat and salty water covered both Walton and Brendan. “I like to think that I'm pretty fit but I was really knackered. Once I got the cuffs on him, I just felt a wave of fatigue come over me. “I was just spent, I was fully drenched, I had blood coming out of my neck and had a PT shirt on which had a big hole in it from where the screwdriver had gone through.” Brendan didn’t just suffer the injury to his neck, he also had an 18 cm cut down the inside of his right bicep and lacerations to his chest from the weapon. “I realised I was pretty lucky, it could have gone pretty pear-shaped,” he said. When backup did arrive at the Elizabeth Quay jetty, Walton admitted to using methamphetamine and was taken to hospital where he was sedated and underwent mandatory blood testing. An off duty Superintendent, who happened to be at a nearby café, came over to the pair and congratulated Brendan and Rob on a fantastic job despite many factors working against them. An email of support was also sent to their supervisors and up the chain of command. Whilst the rescue was now over, the thought playing in the back of Rob’s mind was about the perception of police actions metres away on the bridge of Elizabeth Quay.


“I was just spent, I was fully drenched, I had blood coming out of my neck and had a PT shirt on which had a big hole in it from where the screwdriver had gone through.”

From the land, it could have been perceived that Rob’s actions of using his baton could have been extreme. “Potentially, from witnesses on the shore it could have looked really bad – someone reaching over in the boat hitting a bloke in the water with a baton. My biggest fear at the time was that this was going to end up on the news and YouTube and we’re going to get criticised for excessive force because that could be the appearance,” he said. Onlookers would have no idea that an armed offender was trying to seriously injure – even kill – a police officer. Rob said he sympathised with police officers whose actions were only partially shown on social media or the nightly news. “I feel for coppers who are doing their job but things are taken out of context and the full facts aren’t known,” he said. There were no issues with how Brendan and Rob effected the arrest, and were in fact praised for their bravery and courage. Back on land, Brendan also had concerns of his own. X-rays were taken at Fiona Stanley Hospital and his injuries were treated while his very concerned and worried wife was by his side. Blood was also taken from Brendan to ensure that he did not contract any communicable diseases from Walton. In a terrible overlap of timing, Brendan and his wife were forced to cease trying for a baby while waiting for results. “Over the next three months I had more sets of blood taken and didn’t get my results until May the next year,” he said. So for that time, the pair was not able to be intimate and dreams of a baby screeched to a halt. “It was an extra stress we didn’t need at the time,” he said. “I certainly didn’t see it coming when I went to work on that Saturday.” Brendan said he received welfare support from Health and Safety, his OIC, sergeant and WAPU. He also undertook recommended sessions with a psychologist to address the trauma and potential outcome that could have been a reality that day. Brendan also addressed some hypervigilance he experienced after the incident. After his experience, Brendan has encouraged all officers who have gone through critical or serious incidents to take up the offer of psychological help. Due to Walton not being under hospital guard, he absconded from hospital and was on the run for about a year until he was found and apprehended. On March 20, 2018, Walton appeared before Chief Magistrate Steven Heath in the Perth Magistrates Court charged with assault public officer (prescribed). He pled guilty and received an eight month custodial sentence.

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or 16 years, WAPU Life Member Denis Hayden served as a WAPU Director, ensuring his fellow officers were looked after and their interests were represented. On top of his dedicated time as a Union Director, Denis also served as the then Senior Vice President, and also held the role of the sole on-call welfare officer to thousands of Members. Never did Denis ever think that in years to come, the roles would be reversed and it would be him on the receiving end of assistance from WAPU. Last year, Denis received a letter from WA Police notifying him that he had to show cause as to why he should still be paid after a long period of sick leave. After more than 43 years of dedicated service to WA Police, Denis was completely shocked. However, that shock tripled when he received notice that WA Police was commencing medical retirement proceedings. “I got several letters,” Denis told Police News. “One indicating they (WA Police) were going to cut my pay off last year after I had used 168 days of sick leave.

Denis has been diagnosed with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder and also chronic depression as a consequence of jobs he has attended throughout his career. “I went and saw my doctors after my last serious illness, and they determined that I was ok to go back to work,” Denis said. However, according to Denis, the views of his doctors were not considered. “They – Police Health and Safety minus the Welfare – didn’t accept that, and they sent me to two of their doctors; a psychiatrist and another specialist.” Denis said of the five doctors that he had to see, only one believed he was not capable of returning to work, even in a part-time, non-operational capacity. “I went and saw their three doctors and went through a fairly rigorous examination and question time. Ultimately I am totally grateful for their honest assessment. My wife Judy was with me and we walked out of there not knowing what was going to happen,” he said. After several weeks of uncertainty and worry, Denis was still no closer to learning his fate. 15 POLICE NEWS JUNE 2018

“I went and saw their three doctors and went through a fairly rigorous examination and question time. Ultimately I am totally grateful for their honest assessment.”

“We still didn’t know what was happening so through my lawyer appointed by the Union, we approached the Department. WAPU correspondence revealed Denis was not afforded the opportunity to view his own medical documents that the Police Medical Board had collated for the Commissioner. And to this day, Denis has still not been able to view them. It took approximately two months for Denis to find out that Commissioner Chris Dawson had confidence in Denis returning to work. “In fairness to the Department, I can understand their reluctance if I was going to come back, swing the lead and not do anything, then yes, I’m not worth keeping,” he said. “And the fact that I’ve been away for a significant amount of time has to be taken into the equation as well. But you’ve got to take on board, the first two times that I was injured, I was doing my job.” Two very serious incidents, which have contributed to Denis’ current health issues, happened on duty in 1992 and 1996. The first related to a traffic crash in which a car drove through an intersection without stopping and collided with Denis on his police motorcycle. He was thrown from his bike, but not before his windscreen cut his chin, leaving him with a scar below his lip and total loss of feeling in his lower jaw. Denis had several injuries to his neck and shoulder and was in a neck brace for 12 months. 16 POLICE NEWS JUNE 2018

The other on duty incident happened while Denis and his partner, who were in plain clothes and in an unmarked car, were pursuing a prolific offender. “We picked him up in the Balga area,” he said. “We followed him down Wanneroo Road but I could see he was going to do a U-turn. He was going too fast so I just backed off and stomped on the brakes. He went over about five or six times. I said at the time that I thought he was dead. But I raced over to the car trying to grab this baddie, but he ran away.” Denis ran along the median strip after the offender but was stopped when a police car hit him. “I looked at my right and there was a car coming straight at me. The corner of the car hit me in my hip, I went over the car, smashed the windscreen and went down to the ground. “I was off work for quite a long time and I was told I would probably never walk properly, work or ride a bike properly again.” But despite the doctor’s pessimistic prognosis, Denis did in fact walk again – right back into work. Although Denis now walks with an aid, he is still able to get around and with an added wheel to his motorbike, he is also able to ride again – proving the doctors wrong. In 2015, an unexpected and misdiagnosed cold struck the 65-year-old sergeant down with pneumonia. Denis said his lungs swelled to such a size that it crushed his heart. Luckily Judy got Denis to hospital just in time. Denis said if it weren’t for his wife that night, he wouldn’t be here. A further incident in 2016 also nearly ended Denis’ life.

He was working in his backyard when he scratched his leg on a wheelbarrow. He said he did the usual “man thing” and ignored it. That scratch turned into acute blood poisoning which nearly stopped his heart – about five or six times. “I can remember one time when I must have known I was dying. It was all white, peaceful, quiet and beautiful. I can remember saying ‘Jesus hold my hand’ and out of nowhere comes this voice, ‘Jesus is with you now’ and I thought ‘Shit, that was quick, I didn’t even see him come in!’” “I must have come to and Keith Carmody is there holding my hand and he’s praying over me. I believe Judy was told to bring the family to come and say goodbye to me,” he said. “Apparently I passed away on five or six occasions. I remember waking up and having big hoses coming out of my neck. I was on dialysis because my kidneys were shutting down.” Denis was in ICU and the High Dependency Unit for some time before being transferred to a general ward to recover. It was understandable then that the trauma of nearly losing his life was compounded when he found out he was in line to be medically retired. “I think the thing that pissed me off the most about it was the decisions that were made by non-coppers on some occasions,” he said. “There’s no care factor about what duty we’ve given the country or the community. There’s no thought about what we’ve done to save others. There’s just this thought that you’ve become a liability, so let’s get rid of you. “I’ve worked as a welfare officer during my time at the Union as well, I have done and still do voluntary community work so I know exactly what it does to them. It sends them mad. It’s degrading, it’s demoralising and you’re constantly thinking things like you’re not good enough. I can see why it has destroyed as many people as it has and totally understand why people eat their guns and suicide – sorry but that is fact – no apologies really because that is what this is all about.” Denis revealed that the grip of depression and PTSD all became too much one day. So much so that he decided to end his life. He said he “lost his bundle” and started drinking very heavily up until one night where everything came to a head. “I disappeared with a big pile of tablets into the bush and I was going to die. So I did try, but it didn’t prove anything and I’m determined not to do it now of course. But I can see why some guys have done it, because you get to a point where you have nothing left to live for. Nobody believes in you, you’re going to be boarded out under Section 8 and so you can imagine how degrading that would be.” Denis said being on the other end of the spectrum was devastating. He was so used to helping others through these issues.

“There’s no care factor about what duty we’ve given the country or the community. There’s no thought about what we’ve done to save others. There’s just this thought that you’ve become a liability, so let’s get rid of you.”

“I rode on a high for many years with the Union and being part of that. But these lows are pretty bad. The depression that goes with it can be pretty bad. My heart goes out to every one of my colleagues who are in the same boat,” he said. Denis’ wife Judy added that it wasn’t just the officers who suffer, it was their families too. “Just take Denis as an example, someone’s 30 seconds of stupidity, not only cost Denis the quality of his life, but it also cost me the quality of my life. And to a degree, my children and our grandchildren because he’s not able to go outside and kick footballs or piggyback them around the garden or do those things that he otherwise would have been able to do,” she said. “I think that would be the same for any officer who was injured on duty. It does impact the rest of the family and it does impact the rest of your life.” Despite the huge impact this saga has had on his life, Denis is buoyed by the two days per week he does at TEG 3. He said returning to work gave him an opportunity to maintain his pride and dignity.

Sergeant Denis Hayden during his time at Traffic Enforcement Group.


“I suppose at the end of it all I thought ‘well stuff you all, I’m not going to go down’ and fortunately I had a group of people that supported me, including the Union, and our command team who made the decision so I could come back.” “It gives me some personal integrity back,” he said. “The fact that I can come back, I’m allowed to make decisions and I’m included in a team; you don’t realise how important all of those things are until you don’t have it.” Denis is living proof that you can continue to live a full life regardless of what life throws at you. Despite childhood trauma and documented institutional child and sexual abuse, Denis has fought another fight and won. “I suppose at the end of it all I thought ‘well stuff you all, I’m not going to go down’ and fortunately I had a group of people that supported me, including the Union, and our command team who made the decision so I could come back. I also have to give accolades to two lovely police staff at Police Health and Safety without the welfare and two senior police officers for being as good and kind to me as they have been. I will not embarrass them by naming them but they know who they are,” he said. In his final words with Police News, Denis said he hoped the State Government would soon roll out a better solution for police officers to retire with dignity and be given some form of compensation for career-ending injuries. “Section 8 takes away your dignity, but I don’t think it has to be a one way street. I understand that they do need people running at full steam. But I don’t want some civil servant telling me that I’m broken and they don’t need me anymore. What do they know about how we work, and how we felt, cared and protected each other as a cop? Our officers deserve the opportunity to retire with dignity and get the respect they deserve.”

Denis spoke to the National Library of Australia about his experiences with institutional child and sexual abuse. Further information is available here: http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-219446961/listen 18 POLICE NEWS JUNE 2018



Competitor experience key focus for Games team BY STEVEN GLOVER

The 2018 Australasian Police and Emergency Services (AP&ES) Games are rapidly approaching and the Games Management Team is in full swing preparing all of the events and activities. There are already more than 1,000 registrations with the goal to reach 3,000 by the time the Games kick off on October 28. Games Director Acting Senior Sergeant Jeremy Petersen said the key focus of the team was to enhance the competitor experience. “We know that they take time to come and play the Games so we are trying to maximise the value for them being involved,” he told Police News. 20 POLICE NEWS JUNE 2018

“Whether that is the registration packs they get or the goodies that we are sourcing from all our partners and sponsors to opportunities of live entertainment. “Sponsorship is probably the best it has been for an AP&ES Games, so we’ve got to a point where we can actually run a very good games for all the participants. However, we are still seeking some additional sponsorship to increase competitor experiences in a number of areas but collectively we are in a very good position to hold the Games.” Sen. Sgt Petersen said the team was working closely with the City of Mandurah on additional events for competitors. “We are trying to make sure that it is a full calendar not just sporting wise, but socially, culturally and providing a few tourism opportunities for those who are new the region. “For everyone who does compete in the Games, they will get a Mandurah passport identifying specials, bonuses and offers available to them as competitors for the week.”

“For everyone who does compete in the Games, they will get a Mandurah passport identifying specials, bonuses and offers available to them as competitors for the week.” The MARQUAY is the Games social hub, which will be set up at Mandjar Square in the Mandurah CBD. It will host competitors throughout the Games by providing live entertainment and a licensed premise for 1,000 people. In addition, a shuttle service has been secured which will run a bus loop around all of the events. “All facilities have been squared away, we are trying to put as many of the events as close to Mandurah as we can and currently more than 70 per cent of the events are within 4 kilometres of the Mandurah CBD, which bodes well for the good social atmosphere that we plan to have after hours for the week,” he said. Sen. Sgt Petersen said security was a key focus given the current environment. “We have also had the unique opportunity to liaise with the Commonwealth Games Security Management Team and identify what procedures and models they put in place for mass gatherings around sporting events, social precincts and we are embedding that into our own planning,” he said. He said while the Games had traditionally focused on physical wellbeing, the 17th AP&ES Games would also focus on mental health by supporting charity partner Beyondblue. “So when people register they have the option to donate at the same time to that cause and throughout the week there will be a number of initiatives where people can come along and do certain things or get strapping done and provide donations,” he said. Rocktape is the strapping partner for the Games and will be providing the strapping services for a donation to Beyondblue. Sen. Sgt Petersen said there was still time to register and that anyone associated with the emergency services including police officers, police staff and retired police officers as well as registered volunteers could compete in the Games. “We forecast 50 per cent of registrations to be from WA and at this point that is tracking as per our forecast. There have been some good registration numbers from NSW and Victoria and just under 80 registrations from New Zealand,” he said. “People have this belief they need to come ready with a whole team but the option exists to select find me a team and we will coordinate that and find you a team that best fits. “If you are a police officer we will find you a police team and if not we will put you in another team from WA. If you are interested in participating, register early and we can find you a team.” Sen. Sgt Petersen said the WA Police Force is very supportive of the Games.


“Obviously there will be a requirement to have business as usual capabilities and business continuity but if you want to get involved in the Games, make sure you book your leave in early so those plans can be arranged,” he said. “There are a number of team sports which are just on one day. “We’ve introduced Fast Five Netball which will be on the Monday. So if you want to get a team together and just be involved for one day of the Games there’s Fast Five Netball likewise Basketball will be running on the Tuesday as a one day event with a lot of back-to-back games. “You only need five players for a team so you can get five people from a station or a group of friends and be involved.” The Games Management Team will be visiting police stations throughout June to explain the schedule and answer questions.

01 Nissan Managing Director Stephen Lester hands over the keys to the AP&ES Games vehicles to WA Police Force Commissioner Chris Dawson. 02 The new AP&ES Games Nissan vehicles will be visiting police stations across the metropolitan area in June.

Registrations are now open. For more information about the Games and to register head to www.apandesgames.com.au/ and stay update to date via Facebook and Instagram /APESGames2018. 21 POLICE NEWS JUNE 2018



Pregnancy and parental leave for pregnant officers FIRSTLY, CONGRATULATIONS! Secondly, here is some important information about your responsibilities and entitlements that will assist you with your pregnancy. Do you need to disclose your pregnancy to the WA Police Force?

Yes, according to HR-06.01, you need to notify your manager/ supervisor when you are comfortable by providing a medical certificate confirming your pregnancy and expected due date.

Can I keep working and remain operational throughout my pregnancy?

Yes, however you may need your medical practitioner to complete HR-06.01 Appendix 1 as your hours of duty and duties performed may need to be adjusted throughout your pregnancy.

Can I request a safer job or work part time throughout my pregnancy?

Yes, your medical practitioner can request a change to your present duties or a transfer to a safe position of equal rank/ classification under 2017 Industrial Agreement clause 32(7).

Can I take time off work for medical appointments and procedures?

Yes, if you suffer an illness related to your pregnancy or are required to undergo a pregnancy related medical procedure (e.g. ultrasounds), you may take paid sick leave or unpaid leave as required, with the production of a medical certificate (2017 Industrial Agreement 32(8)(e)).

What happens if my pregnancy is terminated? If your pregnancy terminates other than by the birth of a living child in the last 20 weeks of your pregnancy, you are entitled to paid parental leave under clause 32(4)(e) of the 2017 Industrial Agreement.


When do I need to confirm my return to work date? Clause 32(10)(a) of the 2017 Industrial Agreement requires that you provide the employer notice in writing of your intention to return to work with not less than four weeks’ notice before the conclusion of parental leave.

Can I request a change to my hours of duty or work part time upon my return to work? Yes, this may require a flexible work option agreement between the employee and employer.

Pregnancy clothing allowance A pregnant employee can claim up to $985 per annum on a pro rata basis if their uniform becomes uncomfortable due to pregnancy.

(2017 Industrial Agreement clause 32(10)(c)).

(2017 Industrial Agreement clause 17(9)).


You are entitled to paid parental leave if you meet the following prerequisites:

You have

completed 12 months continuous service in the WA public sector; and

Your expected

due date is in eight weeks or more; and

You will be

the primary care giver for the child.

If you do not meet these prerequisites, please contact WAPU before submitting your claim. If I meet these prerequisites, how much parental leave will I be entitled to? Paid parental leave

Unpaid parental leave

560 hours (14 weeks or 28 weeks at half pay) 38 weeks

Total parental leave

52 weeks

Can I use my annual leave or long service leave while on unpaid parental leave? Yes, an employee may elect to substitute any part of that leave with accrued annual leave or accrued long service leave for the whole or part of the period of unpaid parental leave. (2017 Industrial Agreement clause 32(8)(a)).

Can I extend my parental leave? Yes, once you have exhausted all other available leave entitlements, you can apply for leave without pay following parental leave to extend your leave by up to two years. (2017 Industrial Agreement clause 32(8)(f)&(g)).

When can I start my parental leave? More than six weeks before your due date

With the employer’s approval, you may commence unpaid parental leave more than six weeks before the expected due date.

Six weeks or less to your due date After the baby is born

Paid parental leave can commence any time up to six weeks before the expected date of birth. Please contact WAPU before making your claim.

I am having a caesarean; can I claim sick leave? No, an employee on parental leave is not entitled to paid sick leave and other paid agreement absences. (2017 Industrial Agreement clause 32(8)(c)).

I have an upcoming court case; do I need to attend? Yes, according to HR 07.05, the following applies to court attendance: • If you are on paid parental leave and attend court, you will be granted one eight hour shift in lieu for each day of attendance. This shift is added to the end of the paid parental leave period. • If you are on unpaid parental leave to attend court, you will be entitled to one eight hour shift paid at ordinary rates for each day of attendance. If you cannot attend court, you will need to speak with the prosecutor to seek an exemption.


For further information contact the WAPU Industrial Team on 9321 2155.




Cadet celebrities take Warburton by storm BY STEVEN GLOVER

Fifteen young Aboriginal people embarked on an amazing journey when they entered the WA Police Academy as part of the inaugural Aboriginal Cadet Program. Since that initial intake, a further 25 have entered the program with another squad of 17 beginning their two-year contract last month. The program has been successful in increasing the representation of Aboriginal people in WA Police and it is being watched closely by other jurisdictions. Probationer and Cadet Development Senior Field Officer Sergeant Steve Holmes said the program was the biggest single supplier of Aboriginal people into the workforce. “We are increasing our percentage of representation by leaps and bounds against any other intake and all of the other police jurisdictions, and even New Zealand, are looking at what we are doing because we have had massive interest from the eastern states,” Sgt Holmes told Police News. 24 POLICE NEWS JUNE 2018

“Recently, Senior Sergeant Geoff Regan went to New Zealand to see how they do the Maori retention and intake and they are all interested in what we are doing in WA in terms of a cadet program, so all eyes are on us at the moment.” The program has also gained further exposure and highlighted the positive benefits that it could have in bridging the gap between police and Aboriginal communities. In April, Sgt Holmes and three Aboriginal police cadets made the trek up to Warburton to assist during the school holidays. “Traditionally, youth crime spikes during school holidays so the Commissioner’s Office gave us the directive to take some cadets out there,” Sgt Holmes said.

“We were swamped literally from day one. We were getting flagged down by cars in the street, the community wanted to look at the cadets as they had never seen Aboriginal cadets before.”

“The idea of the trip was community engagement, we didn’t really know what to expect until we actually landed on the ground out there.” The response and reaction for the community was unbelievable. In the space of four days, the young cadets and local police officers were able to breakdown cultural barriers which have been up for years. Sgt Holmes said the cadets were treated like celebrities as people flocked to catch a glimpse. “We were swamped literally from day one. We were getting flagged down by cars in the street, the community wanted to look at the cadets as they had never seen Aboriginal cadets before,” he said. “The idea was to show to the Aboriginal people in the community that their young people can make something of themselves and there is a future for them if they try and stay away from offending.” The events were organised by shire and community workers with the cadets going from event-to-event talking to young people. Sgt Holmes said local police officers have never really managed to get anything community-wise off the ground, even though they have made a lot of attempts. And it appears as though the new rock stars were the secret ingredient to success. Previously, attempts were made to hold bush days to bring together the community and police officers however, there was no buy in from the community. This time was different. “We had a bush day where we went out and they cooked up the kangaroo tails and the damper. We had a bus full of people, there were cars riding around wanting to know where we were so they could come join us so it was quite a big group,” Sgt Holmes said. “They were telling us stories even me as a white police officer, a group of males called me over and wanted to sit me down and tell me stories. That just doesn’t happen in these sorts of communities.” He said you could not take the credit away from the staff at Warburton, Brevet Senior Sergeant Ryan Devine and Brevet Sergeant Mitch Hawes.


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“They really did work hard to make it work and make it happen. Having said that, the cadets were the catalyst, they wanted to come speak to them and that was the difference because they knew Aboriginal people were involved. “We had different tribes of Aboriginals dealing with one guy out in the Goldfields but there was no animosity and they just took to them straight away and wouldn’t leave them alone.” Sgt Holmes said the four-day visit had been a real eye opener for the cadets and was a great development opportunity. “They loved it. The two girls actually said they want to go back and work out there.” He said after the positive results in Warburton, there was an expectation that other communities will want to see the cadets in action. “Two cops from Warakurna visited Warburton while we were there and they want us out there now and it won’t be long until Blackstone and all of those absolute border, remote towns will want some of the action.” Sgt Holmes holds high hopes for the three cadets who went to Warburton. He expects Xavier Kickett to progress through to the recruitment process for police officers while Teleiah Ogilvie and Lakeisha Mongoowere still have a year to run in the program.

01 The Aboriginal cadets with a group of locals from Warburton. 02 The WA Police crew came across some interesting animals during their journey. 03 Sergeant Steve Holmes, Cadets Xavier Kickett, Teleiah Ogolvie and Lakeisha Mongoowere with two local Aboriginal elders. 04 Sergeant Steve Holmes and Cadet Xavier Kickett with a local indigenous boy.


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05 The cadets were treated like celebrities throughout their visit to Warburton. 06 Cadet Teleiah Ogolvie and Warburton Brevet Sergeant Mitch Hawes show local children a WA Police vehicle. 07 Cadets Teleiah Ogolvie, Lakeisha Mongoowere and Xavier Kickett.


“The main goal of the program is to produce recruits, we’ve been successful with about nine so far,” Sgt Holmes said. “But there are other entry pathways like PAO custody, PAO property as long as we end up with employment that’s a win for us because we are increasing the Aboriginal representation in the Agency.” The two-year program sees Aboriginal cadets learn the basics of policing such as the systems and policies. They also get the opportunity to go and work as a part of police stations where they are exposed to duties such as front counter, collection of CCTV and even patrolling with local officers. “This is the time where we say are you the right person for us and they are thinking is this the right agency for me,” Sgt Holmes said. “There are a number of things they need to achieve whilst they are a cadet. They do a cadet development portfolio, come here (to the Academy) every Thursday for PT and when I consider they are ready and hitting the mark for recruit standard, we put their file into recruiting and they go through the recruitment process.”

“... there are other entry pathways like PAO custody, PAO property as long as we end up with employment that’s a win for us because we are increasing the Aboriginal representation in the Agency.”

Sen. Sgt Regan is the man in charge of the program and Sgt Holmes said that as an Aboriginal man he has a great cultural influence over the cadets. “He’s able to get into those cultural differences that I can’t so we kind of work together like that.” Sgt Holmes said the program, like other recruit programs, experienced losses along the journey however, these were in line with the mainstreams. “Out of a mainstream class of 25 or 30, we always lose three or four that just decide they want to grow their hair long and travel. “We always have some that are happy to finish their cadet contract of two years and decide this isn’t for me right now so I will go away and come back later and it has been no different with these kids either. “Out of the 25, we had about four go initially for various reasons and two wanted to go back to study which is a good result for us as well. If they want to go back to UWA, Curtin and all those sorts of places, game on, go and do some learning and then come back later.” The first four Aboriginal cadets graduated as part of Blue and Gold Squads on May 25.


Not enough Police in your town?

IT’S NOT GETTING BETTER ANYTIME SOON! The State Government has left regional WA out in the cold again. It’s slugging police officers another $1,560 per year in rent, when rental prices across the State are falling! Police officers will leave Your Town unless this unfair increase is removed.

Authorised by G. Tilbury, WA Police Union, West Perth.





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Adventure Club in full swing The WAPU Adventure Club is in full swing with Members enjoying a number of recent events across the State. Recently, the Club took advantage of some superb March weather and trekked to the Harris River State Forrest near Brunswick Junction for a day of four wheel driving. The trip lead by WAPU Adventure Club member Peter Haywood saw Members tackle some interesting tracks with a few pushing their vehicles to the limits. In addition to the Harris River Day, the Club has had several other events over the past couple of months including trips to Lancelin and Tim’s Thicket Beach. The Committee is busily planning a number of upcoming events including a Mundaring Power Lines 4WD day, Toodyay camping and 4WD weekend in June; a Pemberton weekend in July; and a visit to Ninghan Station in August. The Club is also looking at a trip to Newman to coincide with the annual Bloody Slow Cup in October.

ARB and TJM are proud sponsors of the WAPU Adventure Club and have offered a range of discounts for Members. The Committee is also in the process of organising sponsor product nights where Members can browse the stores, enjoy a sausage sizzle and even a cold beverage. The Club has a special offer for any new Members who join before June 30, 2018. New Members will go in a draw for a raffle prize donated by ARB which includes an air compressor, recovery kit, tyre deflator and a tyre repair kit.

01 & 02 The WAPU Adventure Club visited the Harris River State Forrest for some four wheel driving in March.

For more information about the WAPU Adventure Club visit www.wapu.org.au or contact Field Officer Dean Giacomini at WAPU HQ on 9321 2155 or dean.giacomini@wapu.org.au. 29 POLICE NEWS JUNE 2018


Looking after your wellbeing FOLLOWING THE EXPANSION OF THE WAPU FIELD TEAM, Field Officers have been receiving a lot of feedback from Members in relation to services provided by Health and Safety Division. Field Officer Carl Grossetti said it was interesting that a number of Members have strong reservations about using the Division’s services. “A tough day for police officers is entirely different to the tough days experienced by most people. It involves verbal abuse, life-threatening situations and extreme stress and wear out,” Mr Grossetti said. “PTSD and mental health are huge factors and there needs to be more genuine concern and care for our Members. There also needs to be increased prevention and intervention strategies.” Mr Grossetti said Member feedback indicated they are afraid to deal with Health and Safety Division on matters impacting their mental and emotional wellbeing, for fear that it will be reported internally and adversely affect their career development. “Members believe there is little to no interest in their welfare, with the Agency’s managerial and reporting obligations the primary concern,” he said. Mr Grossetti also advocates for better training and understanding of mental health awareness for district and senior ranking officers and supervisors.

PTSD and mental health are huge factors and there needs to be more genuine concern and care for our Members. There also needs to be increased prevention and intervention strategies.

“Phoning or texting Members every other day to ask when they are returning to work, challenging sick leave certificates or prying into the causal factors of their sick leave, often exacerbates mental health-related illnesses, including increased anxiety and despair that the Member’s illness is not being believed,” he said. “Whilst I understand the Agency’s operational needs, this confrontational approach needs to change. “Several Members have told me WA Police doesn’t appear to care about them, what’s happening to them or how they feel”. Mr Grossetti said it was for these reasons that WAPU has embraced a number of organisations that exist to assist police, armed forces and other emergency services workers who need help. “I’m a strong advocate of Member mental and emotional wellbeing and we are better off making sure the Members are getting the assistance rather than worrying about where they are getting it from,” he said. “The hardest step is to seek help. As Field Officers, we can refer Members, their family or work colleagues who may recognise the adverse effects of suffering in silence, to alternative confidential and safe environments.” While there is some stigma attached to seeking help through Health and Safety Division, Mr Grossetti was pleased there was a current internal functional review of Health and Safety. “WAPU has been consulted and has provided input into that review,” he said. “It is early days, but the right conversations look like they’re being held and Members can rest assured that your Union will continue to monitor and progress our Members’ interest in this sensitive but crucially important area.”

For more information about welfare services, please visit the Welfare Section of www.wapu.org.au.




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Several years ago, we ran a series of articles in Police News highlighting police stations which had major issues. As an ongoing series in the Field Report, we are going to award one lucky station with the title of “Dump of the Month”. Recently, Senior Vice President Brandon Shortland, Media Officer Steven Glover and I visited a number of stations in the Midwest Gascoyne, Pilbara and Wheatbelt Districts. While a few of the old police stations along our journey have seen better days, there was a clear stand out for our first Dump of the Month – Onslow. While the crew at Onslow are a terrific bunch of police officers, their station has seen better days and has one major security flaw – no front counter security. In this day and age, all police stations and facilities must have appropriate front counter security for the protection of Members as well as information. In addition to this clear flaw, the office space is cramped, the door to the interview room is actually in the court, so it can’t be used if court is on, there is no locker room, only one toilet, the only shower is in the lock up and detainees must be taken from the lock up to the court room via the main office. It is generally not fit for purpose. We have advised Pilbara District Office and WA Police Force Lands and Buildings of the inadequacies we encountered at Onslow and have asked that appropriate security is installed immediately.

01 Onslow Police Station. 02 The exposed front counter at Onslow Police Station.

If you believe your station or facility is a candidate for our Dump of the Month, please email admin@wapu.org.au telling us why and we will look to schedule a visit to judge for ourselves.


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A legacy of chaos if you die without a will THE GRIEF OF LOSING A LOVED one is hard enough, but when someone dies without a Will the impact it has on families can be disastrous.

It is an opportunity to protect your family and ensure you do not leave a legacy of chaos.

Whether we like it or not, we will all die eventually. Taking the time to plan now and create a valid Will, as well as drawing up Enduring Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Guardianship documents, means that your wishes will be carried out should you become incapacitated or pass away. It is an opportunity to protect your family and ensure you do not leave a legacy of chaos. When a person dies without a valid Will they are deemed to have died ‘intestate”. The deceased estate in Western Australia must then be administered in terms of the Administration Act 1903. There are many and varied consequences of dying intestate, such as: 1. You have no identified administrator of your estate. This can cause problems if family members are not happy with each other; 2. Your assets may not all go to your loved ones; 3. Any spouse and children are only entitled to a set proportion of your estate; and if there are estranged children, they become entitled to their part of the estate; 4. Where there are minor children, their entitlement to a part of your estate has to be held in trust, usually with an independent trustee, until they attain the age of 18. This could mean that a sizeable portion of your estate is held and cannot be used by your spouse or partner to pay off a mortgage; 5. Should a surviving spouse or partner want access to more than their entitlement to the estate and come to an arrangement with the children, if any child is a minor, a court order may need to be obtained approving the arrangement;

The proportional entitlement to a deceased estate is as follows: a. Where the deceased leaves a spouse or partner and children and the net estate is: i. less than $50,000 the surviving spouse get the whole of the estate; ii. more than $50,000 (not including household chattels) the surviving spouse get all household chattels and the first $50,000 and one third of the balance and the children get the remaining two thirds. b. Where the deceased leaves a spouse or partner and no children but has parents and brother and sisters and the net estate is: i. less than $75,000 the surviving spouse get the whole of the estate; ii. more than $75,000 (not including household chattels) the surviving spouse get all household chattels and the first $75,000 and one half of the balance and the remaining other half is divided as to the first $3000 to each parent plus one half of the balance and the brothers/sisters get the remaining half balance. There are other entitlements which are not included in this article.

ENDURING POWERS OF ATTORNEY It is equally important to have a valid EPA. An EPA gives the appointed attorney the ability to look after your financial affairs and your property, in the event you become incapacitated and unable to look after yourself. The EPA can be drafted to come into immediate effect or it can come into effect

upon an order being obtained from The State Administrative Tribunal. The EPA should be registered at Landgate within three months of signing to be effective. Should you become incapacitated and not have a registered EPA, and you need to sell the property, say to place the incapacitated person in care, your family could not deal with that person’s property without getting a court order to be appointed an attorney. This will be an expensive exercise. The incapacitated person’s bank account could also be frozen if it was not a joint bank account.

ENDURING POWERS OF GUARDIANSHIP This document gives your appointed attorney the power to make decisions about your health and wellbeing. This could include what medication and treatment you should receive and can include the decision as to whether you should be resuscitated. The benefits of having a valid Will, EPA and EPG are clear and ensuring they are in place is one of the most generous things you can do for your family, while the consequences of not doing so are vast.

Tindall Gask Bentley is proud to provide legal services to WAPU Members. If you have any questions about your estate planning please book an appointment so one of our team can help you. 33 POLICE NEWS JUNE 2018

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Are you seeing clearly? AN EFFECTIVE POLICE officer has many attributes and among the most essential is good vision. But despite being one of our most valuable assets, our eyes are surprisingly overlooked by even the most enthusiastic advocates of healthy living.

Providing we can see okay we tend to take them for granted – and that can be a serious mistake for good eye health and your ability to manage the demands of everyday policing. The fact is, eyes are incredibly complex with more than 200 million working parts. They have the strongest muscles in the human body and process about 36,000 pieces of information every hour. Researchers estimate that about 80 per cent of our memories are linked to what we see. There are a variety of conditions that can affect your sight so maintaining good eye health should be a priority. Eyes deteriorate with age and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics about half the population has some vision problem that requires treatment. The good news is that the most common sight-threatening conditions can be either cured or controlled – providing they are caught early.


Case: If you think your eyesight’s become worse since you've started wearing glasses, you're far from alone. Struggling to focus on printed matter is an unfortunate sign of ageing. Changes to the lens of the eye as you get older mean you have to move the page further and further away before you can see properly. It's called presbyopia and it strikes us all, usually by our mid-40s. And the truth is many eye conditions, including presbyopia, get worse over time by themselves, specs or no specs. In other words, it seems harder to read things without your glasses because it is. But it was going to happen anyway, and your glasses aren't to blame. What your specs have done is got you used to seeing more clearly. So when you take them off, the contrasting blurriness is more noticeable. Verdict: No, your glasses won't weaken your eyes.



Most people experience some form of vision loss during their lifetime. The six most common eye problems are: Refractive errors – Sight can be adversely affected by the length of the eyeball, changes in the cornea or natural ageing when the lenses harden. This may result in nearsightedness (myopia), far-sightedness (hyperopia), a blurring of the vision (astigmatism) and an inability to focus on near objects (presbyopia). Glaucoma – Higher than normal pressure on the inside of the eye may damage the optic nerve. Left untreated, glaucoma can cause loss of peripheral vision and eventual blindness. Cataracts – Clouding of the lens can develop at any age but mostly in people over the aged of 50. Risk factors include UV exposure over time and trauma to the eye. Keratoconus – A weakening of collagen fibres inside the cornea results in bulging and vision loss if not treated early. Risk factors include a genetic predisposition, overexposure to sunlight, excessive eye rubbing and a history of poorly fitted contact lenses. Diabetic retinopathy – A common diabetic eye disease caused by changes in retinal blood vessels resulting in severe damage to various structures in the eye. Macular degeneration – A leading cause of blindness when the macula area of the retina is damaged. Risk factors include age, smoking, and family history. Current treatments can slow the disease but there is no cure.

Regular eye examinations are essential for good eye health no matter what your age. Eye tests are covered under Medicare bulk-billing provisions although the Federal Government recently made changes to the frequency. Anyone under the age of 65 is eligible for a bulk-billed eye test once every three years and once a year for those 65 and over. Your cover under Medicare may be extended if you suffer certain conditions such as diabetes. An examination allows the optometrist to check the health of your eyes and if intervention is needed, and also your vision and whether you need glasses. While check-ups are important, there are various simple steps you can take to protect your sight. Eat healthy– Research repeatedly shows that antioxidants and nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, lutein and vitamins A, C and E help slow macular degeneration and the risk of cataracts. Aim for a diet with lots of citrus fruits and berries, colourful or dark green vegetables, oily fish, eggs, beans and nuts. Exercise regularly – Some studies suggest that regular exercise such as walking can reduce the chances of agerelated macular degeneration by up to 70 per cent. Wear sunglasses – Shades aren’t just a fashion statement. They protect your eyes from harmful UV light and various eye problems. Quit smoking – In addition to many other well-documented health problems, smokers face a higher risk of eye complaints such as macular degeneration, cataracts and the inflammatory disease uveitis. 35 POLICE NEWS JUNE 2018

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Mercedes introduces the new X-Class ute WITH MERCEDES RELEASING their new X-Class line-up, the Australian luxury utility market is in for a serious shake-up. Competing with the likes of the Amarok, Nissan Navara and Ford Ranger Raptor, its 13 variants are set to redefine the workhorse of the motoring world as we know it.

A bespoke interior, recalibrated suspension dampers and ventilated disc brakes nudge it into a higher class, while a five-star ANCAP rating, ABS, tyrepressure monitoring and reversing camera (pick-up only) ensure a safe and reliable ride.

THREE GRADES OF TOUGH, LUXURY POWER Available across three grades – entry level Pure, mid-spec Progressive and the flagship option Power – the new X-Class comes with a six-speed manual or seven-speed auto transmission. Pure and Progressive grades come in dual-cab form, with a pick-up or cab chassis body style, while the Power is available in pick-up form only. Initial offerings come with two 2.3-litre fourcylinder diesel engines (a single-turbo X220d with 120kW/403Nm or a twinturbo X250d with 140kW/450Nm), with a 190kW/550Nm 3.00-litre turbo-diesel V6 joining the line-up in mid-2018.

BREAKING THE MOULD Rather than starting from scratch, Mercedes have designed the new range around the world’s third best-selling pick-up globally, the Nissan Navara. But don’t be mistaken, the X-Class is no cookie cutter reproduction model. With a stronger chassis, an extended track and a wider body, the new variants showcase a unique bodywork. A bespoke interior, recalibrated suspension dampers and ventilated disc brakes nudge it into a higher class, while a five-star ANCAP rating, ABS, tyre-pressure monitoring and reversing camera (pick-up only) ensure a safe and reliable ride.

BUILT FOR COMFORT Thanks to superior noise suppression, the X-Class is the quietest in its class. Superb suspension ensures even bumpy rides level out, while weight in the back provides a seriously car-like drive. A factory bull bar and nudge bar are under development specifically for the Australian market, and it’s hoped their arrival will coincide with the introduction of the six-cylinder option later this year. Air-con and cruise control are standard, while tech needs are taken

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In 2007, after a run-in with police, father and son Gino and Mark Stocco disappeared into the bush. For the next eight years they would commit crime after crime up and down the east coast of Australia. Terrorising locals, stealing what they wanted, committing arson and even homicide. It appeared as though they were untouchable. They would become two of Australia’s most wanted men. In 2015, after ramming a police car in broad daylight, the whole nation was captivated by the story of the father and son outlaws. Word soon spread across the country about their exploits. National interest in the case only increased after a brazen shoot-out between the Stoccos and police. Journalist Nino Bucci covered the story for The Age and had long been fascinated by the two men and their bizarre journey. Based on conversations with friends, family, victims and police officers who worked on the case, Bucci paints a picture of how this duo found their lives spiralling as they became more desperate to escape the law.




As the novel opens, a threat looms. Enemies are planning an attack of unprecedented scale on America. Uncertainty and fear grip Washington. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the cabinet. The President himself becomes a suspect, and then goes missing... Set in real time, over the course of three days, The President is Missing is one of the most dramatic thrillers in decades. And it could all really happen. The President Is Missing is Bill Clinton and James Patterson's totally authentic and spellbinding thriller.

Since our last visit to the Penrose Hotel, Gina and Sam’s business has been booming, their fragile friendship has lasted and they are on the lookout for a new protégé in the kitchen. Unfortunately, it’s not long before the dynamics of family, love, rivalry and life start to get in the way of their tranquillity. Not least when Gina’s estranged father (Franco Nero) turns up at the doorstep combined with further surprises from the past and the impact of Leo’s legacy. Directed by Clare Kilner and John Hardwick, Delicious is an honest and compelling story of love, sex, lies and betrayal, where things are never as they seem.

WIN Thanks to Penguin Random House we have one copy of The Stoccos – Like Father, Like Son and The President is Missing to give away. To enter, email jessica.porter@wapu.org.au with your name, work address and title of the book. Winners will be drawn on July 2, 2018. POLICE NEWS JUNE 2018



SANDO Victoria ‘Sando’ Sandringham is the charismatic loose cannon CEO and public face of popular department store chain “Sando’s Warehouse”. She’s also the mother of two adult children she’s had little to do with since becoming pregnant to her daughter’s fiancé 10 years ago. Now, after being kicked out of her beloved company and her assets frozen, she weasels her way back into the family home to enlist her estranged family to help win back her business. With zero tact, and a mountain of emotional baggage to unpack, this is going to be Sando’s toughest negotiation yet.




Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team Leader and US war veteran Will Ford, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who are trapped inside the building. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Pablo Schreiber, Byron Mann, Hannah Quinlivan, and Noah Taylor.

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. Mission: Impossible - Fallout finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson and Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time. When an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfil his original briefing, the CIA begins to question his loyalty and his motives. Hunt finds himself in a race against time, hunted by assassins and former allies while trying to prevent a global catastrophe. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.



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WIN We have two double passes to give away to Skyscraper and Mission Impossible: Fallout. To enter, email jessica.porter@wapu.org.au with your name, work address and title of the movie. Winners will be drawn on July 2, 2018. 39 POLICE NEWS JUNE 2018


NEW MEMBERS BRAVE THE ELEMENTS The WA Police Union welcomed aboard 41 new Members from Gold Squad 7/2017 and Blue Squad 8/2017 who graduated in horrendous conditions at the WA Police Academy on May 25. Directors and staff from WAPU had the pleasure of meeting these terrific new police officers at the WAPU Recruit Function on Tuesday night prior to the graduation and they were adamant they were going to march, rain, hail or shine. And boy did it rain!






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The June 2004 Edition of Police News had a distinctive focus on poor policing conditions. First up was Bencubbin which was named a contender for “Dump of the Year�. It was built in 1927 and was showing its age. The key feature which saw its inclusion in the award was the informal interview room cum gymnasium cum exercise yard. Trayning was also highlighted as another police station in need of some attention. Its timber construction posed a major fire hazard along with only one exit and entry point. The Field Officer at the time was unable to confirm if the ladder found leaning on the wall in the old exercise yard was part of the risk management exit. Either way, the situation represented a very serious OSH risk.

CHANGES TO BROOME POLICE STATION In the reverse of some of the poor conditions, Broome Police Station had its previously open front counter area finally made safe. The area was renovated to provide protection and privacy to the beleaguered personnel serving within. Previously, workers within the station were regularly threatened with abuse, rocks, sticks and shoes but perhaps the most frightening incident occurred in 2001 when a drunken customer removed her underwear and lobbed them at police.

MIGS DRIVING FORCE The edition also profiled detective Bill Hayes who partnered five-time Australian rally driving champion Ross Dunkerton as a co-driver. The pair had recently won the Rally of Canberra in the debut of the Mitsubishi Magna VR-X. Bill likened his role to that of a personal assistant. In rallying, the co-driver is a vital aid to a driver, calling directions and pace notes. 43 POLICE NEWS JUNE 2018

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