Police recruits being fast-tracked for support roles

Midwest Times
WA Police will immediately recruit an extra 150 police officers to strengthen its frontline in support of the COVID-19 response.
Camera IconWA Police will immediately recruit an extra 150 police officers to strengthen its frontline in support of the COVID-19 response. Credit: Kellie Balaam/Narrogin Observer

Perth holidaymakers thinking of sneaking up to the Mid West may be further deterred by a new WA Government spend of $91.2 million on extra cops and high-tech cameras that can recognise car registration numbers.

Premier Mark McGowan said his Government was providing the WA Police with an additional $73.4 million to immediately recruit an extra 150 police officers to strengthen the frontline in support of the COVID-19 response.

“Recruits will be given expedited training in core modules to allow their deployment to support roles as soon as possible, and free up fully-trained police officers for deployment to the frontline,” he said.

“A further 135 recruits already in training are being fast-tracked for deployment to support roles.”

Mr McGowan said a total of $14.8 million was also being provided to purchase 100 mobile intelligence cameras, also known as Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology.

“These cameras will be immediately deployed to monitor and enforce movement restrictions around the State, such as the intrastate travel restrictions,” he said.

“A total of $3 million in funding is also being provided to expand police tracking and tracing capabilities with the purchase of GPS tracking devices for electronic monitoring devices.”

Laws passed by the WA Parliament last week allow the Commissioner of Police to order the use of electronic monitoring devices for the purpose of tracking a quarantine direction.

WA Police minister Michelle Roberts said the move would provide a greater sense of security and assurance to the WA community.

“Now more than ever we need as many boots on the ground,” she said.

“I’m also pleased that we’re able to provide additional urgent funding for the purchase of Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology to make it easier for police to identify motor vehicles on the road.

“It makes it less likely that people who have a legitimate purpose to be out and about will be stopped and will enhance the capacity of our police to identify and track offenders.”

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