The Corruption and Crime Commission has tabled a report in State Parliament on a Further review of the WA Police Force response to an incident in the lock-up of a country town, detailing the significant improvements made by the WA Police Force over the past two years.
Following its review of a WA Police Force investigation and response into a disturbing use of force incident, the Commission made four recommendations in March 2018, relating to officer training and changes to policy.
Measures taken by the WA Police Force resulting from the Commission's recommendations include:
• the development and implementation of bespoke training and management programs for officers who display concerning behaviours or poor judgement in situations involving use of force;
• updates to its Custodial Lock-up Standard Operating Procedures;
• new Custody Lock-up Keeper / Shift Supervisor training and greater access to relevant manuals, policies and guides;
• a dedicated trainer at the Perth Watch House for police auxiliary officers responsible for custody support; and
• the development of a working group in late 2018 to review all policies relating to use of force and tactical options.
The Commission considers the WA Police Force response to three of the recommendations complete, noting that there has been limited progress in response to the fourth recommendation, which relates to policy reform.
The Commission will follow up on the outstanding recommendation and report again in a year’s time.