Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    New stab proof ballistic vests to protect frontline police

    13/04/2019 9:15 AM
    • Multi-threat body armour to be personally issued to all operationally deployed officers
    • Part of the McGowan Government's commitment to increase protection for our police 

    The McGowan Government has committed $15.4 million towards the roll-out of personal issue, multi-threat body armour to frontline police officers.


    Over the next fortnight, 60 officers will be fitted out with different styles of body armour to test protection, comfort and mobility.


    The officers, both male and female, from a range of policing roles and from metropolitan and regional Western Australia, will provide feedback on all aspects of wearability.


    Following evaluation, it is planned a contract will be awarded and the wider roll-out of personal issue body armour will begin.


    The $15.4 million commitment is part of the McGowan Government's determination to better protect our officers.


    All versions of body armour to be worn during the evaluation phase are designed to provide protection against firearm threat and significant resistance to bladed weapons.


    Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "I regard the safety of our police officers as paramount.


    "It's something I have been absolutely committed to throughout my time in the Parliament.


    "It's a sad fact of our times that our police are increasingly confronted by armed offenders.


    "I want our officers to be as best protected as they can be by making sure they have the tools and protective equipment they need to do their job safely.


    "In eight and a half years, the Barnett-Harvey Government did nothing to provide the equipment necessary to protect our police.


    "The McGowan Government has moved swiftly to progress this very important safety issue and has now put money on budget for the roll-out."


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