John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    Latest graduates a boost to the frontline

    28/03/2008 12:00 AM

    The latest international and local additions to the Western Australia Police frontline have today graduated from the WA Police Academy.


    Police Minister John Kobelke congratulated the 65 new police officers on the completion of their training course and thanked them for their commitment to serving Western Australia.


    The 46 men and 19 women have joined WA Police, which included 35 from the United Kingdom, Germany, Africa, New Zealand, Canada, India and Hungary.


    Mr Kobelke said the big number of officers from overseas highlighted the strong reputation of WA police around the world.


    A special visitor to the police academy and today’s graduation was Major General Sophana Meach from Cambodia Police, currently in Australia to compare WA policing with Cambodia.


    Major General Meach’s visit to WA Police was organised by former WA Premier Geoff Gallop, as part of a four-year, AusAID-funded Australian Leadership Award at the University of Sydney. Studying a Doctoral Degree in Philosophy in Economics, Major General Meach’s primary topic of research is post-conflict policing in Cambodia, East Timor and South Africa.


    “The training at the WA Police Academy has attracted much praise and interest from Australian and international policing agencies and it is great to see so many highly trained officers make a commitment to our community,” the Minister said.


    “The police continue to do an excellent job and as a Government we will continue to support our hard-working officers.


    “We are on track to provide 600 extra police, above attrition, in our two terms of government and have employed 160 civilian staff to enable more than 400 police to return to the frontline.”


    Mr Kobelke said the State Government’s expenditure on police per capita was 18 per cent higher than the average of other mainland States.


    “We are committed to providing police with the necessary infrastructure and equipment they need to service the growing population and have already provided new fixed-wing aircraft, tasers, modern communications equipment and new and improved police stations,” he said.


    “I welcome each of the new officers to WA Police and thank them on behalf of the community for the roles they will undertake in helping to make WA a better and safer place to live.”


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