A reform has been launched by WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson after a snapshot review of the agency has been carried out.
During the review, a series of interviews were conducted with the senior management and frontline officers, submissions from employees were also collected.
WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson met with the senior management team on Monday to announce his ambitious plan, which contain significant changes by mid next year.
The review has made several findings and recommendations, they include the development of a strategic plan for WA Police in 2018 and beyond, reducing red tape, increased training and development, improve Police IT system, and attention to standards, behavior, governance and accountability within the force.
Changes will be made to the current metro policing districts, state operation centres, capability & co-ordination, and meth strategy.
The Commissioner also have to find $250 million savings in the next 5 years, as part of the McGowan Government’s effort to repair the State Budget.
“The independent consultant’s report has only just been provided to the senior executive which as been asked to respond to the findings,” he said.
“Some of the Review Findings require further examination and deliberations. Given the significant changes already announced I am not winning to create uncertainty or speculation by releasing all of the review findings prematurely.”
The metropolitan area will be split into eight districts, with a superintendent and three inspectors to improve police services and resource management.
These districts will be Perth, Midland, Mirrabooka, Joondalup, Armadale, Cannington, Fremantle, and Mandurah.
The Maylands Incident Control Centre will become the new 24/7 communications hub for Police, known as the new State Operations Centre.
Major events planning and joint-agency operations will be coordinated at the facility.
New portfolio has been created to coordinate major programs, operation performance framework, planning coordination for frontline services’ mobility. This portfolio will run by an Assistant Commissioner and two Police Commanders.
Meth Strategies will continue with enhanced investigation, intelligence and surveillance power of the Police.
Mr Dawson stated that pan-government agencies co-operation will be critical for the force to maximize the Labor Government’s funding of 120 extra FTE.