The Corruption and Crime Commission has tabled in State Parliament its final review of the WA Police Force’s actions in response to concerns raised over the quality of its prosecutions.
The concerns were initially raised in a Commission report in November 2018. The report detailed an Internal Affairs Unit investigation into an arrest incident at Hamilton Hill in December 2016 after the magistrate found the officers' evidence was an attempt to mislead the court.
In response to the Commission’s 2018 report, the WA Police Force has:
- acknowledged the concerns raised were not unique to this matter;
- implemented an organisational restructure to improve the delivery of consistent and accountable services;
- established a Capability and Coordination portfolio and a Standards and Practices Division, responsible for guidance and instruction on investigative processes; and
- commenced a review into prosecuting services in December 2019 to identify ways to improve police prosecuting services and outcomes.
This report outlines the actions taken by the WA Police Force to better identify, comprehend and respond to concerns associated with investigation and prosecution standards.
The Commission considers the WA Police Force is taking appropriate steps and considers this review to be complete.
Review of an arrest incident by Western Australian Police at Hamilton Hill - 1 November 2018
Marie Mills: (08) 9421 3600 or 0418 918 202
Louisa Mitchell: (08) 9421 3600 or 0434 308 208