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Encyclopedia > Western Australia Police
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The Western Australia Police covers the largest single police jurisdiction in the world (except national police forces), an area of 2.5 million square kilometres. Its 6,318 employees include 4,993 sworn police officers. Image File history File links WA_Police_shield. ... Image File history File links WA_Police_shield. ...

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Early history

The genesis of the police was the appointment of a Sheriff by Captain Stirling in June 1829, as part of the proclamation of the Swan River Colony. The proclamation provided for the appointment of a Sheriff having under his direction a High Constable, constables, bailiffs and surveyors of highways. Sheriff is both a political and a legal office held under English common law, Scots law or U.S. common law, or the person who holds such office. ... Captain is both a nautical term and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ... Stirling (Sruighlea in Gaelic) is a city in central Scotland. ... Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1829 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Admiral Sir James Stirling The founding father of modern Western Australia was James Stirling who, in 1827, explored the Swan River area in HMS Success which first anchored off Rottnest, and later in Cockburn Sound. ... For the painter see John Constable. ... A Bailiff in a United States courtroom Bailiff (from Late Latin bajulivus, adjectival form of bajulus) is a governor or custodian; cf. ... A highway is a major road within a city, or linking several cities together. ...


The Sheriff, an ancient and independent Office of the Crown, still exists but no longer has police or highways under his jurisdiction. A public servant from the Western Australian Justice Department is usually appointed Sheriff. The Sheriff retains responsibility for the enforcement of judgments of the Civil Jurisdictions of the Courts and for Juries. Today the police still support the Sheriff and in the country and sparsely populated areas of the State, by arrangement, they continue to carry out Sheriff & bailiff duties in addition to their police duties.


Early colonial policemen were recruited by Magistrates and worked part-time. They were only paid for specific tasks, such as one shilling for serving a summons. By 1830, there were fifteen part-time constables in the state, of which five worked in Perth. A magistrate is a civil or criminal (or both) judicial officer with limited authority to administer and enforce the law. ... The shilling (or informally: bob) was an English coin first issued in 1548 for Henry VIII, although arguably the testoon issued about 1487 for Henry VII was the first English shilling. ...


A mounted force was established in 1834, but it was not popular with the settlers, on the grounds that it was not efficient and was being paid out of their taxes for duties which the military should be performing in defence of the Colony. It was involved in the "Battle of Pinjarra", in which the police superintendent was killed, as well as a large number of Aboriginals. The first full-time constable for Perth was appointed in 1840. Pinjarra is a small town in Western Australia Categories: Towns in Western Australia ... The Indigenous Australians are the first inhabitants of the Australian continent and its nearby islands, continuing their presence during European settlement. ...


The colony's Legislative Council passed a Police Ordinance in 1849 that outlined police powers and responsibilities. An organised Police Force was formally established in 1853.


A second Police Ordinance in 1861 clarified the chain of command, the powers and responsibilities of members and the various offences they had to deal with. In 1861, the force consisted of about 75 officers and men. The extent of police jurisdiction expanded with the State. In 1892 there were about 225 police and the Police Act 1892 - still largely in force - was passed.


Convict period

After convicts started arriving in the colony in 1849, the police acquired the duties of registering and supervising the ticket-of-leave men. By 1870, after transportation had ceased, some 1,244 ticket-of-leave men had to be supervised by 146 police employees.


Applicants for police service were required to be aged under forty, literate and physically fit. Leave was difficult to obtain and officers were not to appear in public when out of uniform. Until the end of the nineteenth century, the monthly pay day was marked by a parade with band. Literacy is the ability to use text to communicate across space and time. ... This page describes uniform in the sense of clothing. ...


A Criminal Investigation Department was set up in 1873, although two detectives had been sent out from Britain in 1854. A Fingerprint Bureau was set up in 1902 and the first female officer was appointed in 1921. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is the branch of all British Police forces to which plain clothes detectives belong. ... A detective is an officer of the police who performs criminal or administrative investigations, in some police departments, the lowest rank among such investigators (above the lowest rank of officers and below sergeants), a civilian licensed to investigate information not readily available in public records (a private investigator, also called...


Today

Western Australia Police vehicles attending a traffic accident
Western Australia Police vehicles attending a traffic accident

The Police Headquaters (31°57′40″S, 115°52′44″E) is located in East Perth overlooking the Causeway, near the WACA Ground. The 1960's curved building also houses the East Perth lockup and is entered on the State Heritage Register. Recruits are trained at the Western Australian Police Academy at Joondalup. Previously the Academy was located at Maylands, which is still used by various units including the Mounted and K-9 sections. The Perth Police Station is located at Curtin House on Beaufort street. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1875x1104, 522 KB) Summary Western Australia Police vehicles attending a traffic accident, East Parade, East Perth, Western Australia. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1875x1104, 522 KB) Summary Western Australia Police vehicles attending a traffic accident, East Parade, East Perth, Western Australia. ... East Perth waterfront apartments. ... The Causeway is the name of two bridges which span the Swan River in Western Australia at the eastern end of Perth Water. ... For more coverage of cricket, go to the Cricket portal. ... Joondalup is a northern suburb of Perth, Western Australia and is the centre of the local government area of the City of Joondalup (although the suburb previously resided in the City of Wanneroo before these areas were altered). ... Transperth Maylands Train Station Maylands is a suburb approximately 5 kilometres north-east of Perth located on the shore of the Swan River. ... The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride Mounted police are police who patrol on horseback. ... Belgian Malinois as K-9 unit Police dog getting ready to search a vehicle for drugs. ...


All recruits to the Police begin their service as uniformed constables and are required to serve time in a country district. They are armed when on duty. A number of specialist units have been established, including the Tactical Response Group, Crime Investigation and Intelligence Services, Water Police Branch, Community Safety Branch, Traffic Enforcement Group, Regional Operations Group and Air Support Unit. For the painter see John Constable. ...


The command structure has the State divided into three Regions and sub-divided into fourteen Districts. The highest ranking police officer in the Western Australia Police, holds the title of Commissioner of Police. The current Commissioner is Karl O'Callaghan, appointed in June 2004, with two deputy Commissioners - Tim Atherton (Operations), who recently left the department, and Chris Dawson (Standards and Reform). Politically, the Service comes within the portfolio of the Minister for Police, currently Michelle Roberts MLA. In 2002, widespread allegations of corruption forced a Royal Commission into the activities of the service. A state is an organized political community occupying a definite territory, having an organized government, and possessing internal and external sovereignty. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A minister or a secretary is a politician who heads a government ministry or department (e. ... A Member of the Legislative Assembly, or MLA, is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district to the Legislature or legislative assembly of a subnational jurisdiction. ... The Royal commission into whether there has been corrupt or criminal conduct by any Western Australian Police Officer was a Royal Commission which took place between 2002--2004. ...


Police Air Wing

Polair 61
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Polair 61

The Western Australian Police operate an Air Support Unit of one helicopter and three fixed-wing aircraft. The helicopter is a Kawasaki BK117 with a callsign Polair 61, based at Jandakot Airport. The fixed wing aircraft include two Piper PA-31 Navajo twin engine planes, and a Cessna 182 single engine aircraft with the callsign Polair 62. In May 2005, the State Government announced A$10 million dollars for the purchase of two Pilatus PC-12 planes to replace the existing ageing fleet. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 159 KB) Summary Photo taken (28th July 2002) and supplied by Nachoman-au. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 159 KB) Summary Photo taken (28th July 2002) and supplied by Nachoman-au. ... BK 117 The MBB/Kawasaki BK117 is a twin-engined medium utility/transport helicopter. ... Jandakot Airport control tower. ... The PA-31 Navajo was designed by Piper Aircraft to fill a gap in their product line; a large twin aircraft using Lycoming engines for the general aviation market was sorely needed in the mid-1960s, and founder W.T. Piper requested the type be developed. ... The Cessna 182, also called the Skylane, is a 4 seater single engine light aircraft. ... PC-12 of the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement The Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. ...


Newman Plane Crash

On the 26th of January 2001, four police officers lost their lives when their Cessna 310R plane crashed at night near the mining town of Newman. The plane was returning from Kiwirrkurra, on the edge of the Gibson Desert, when the aircraft's engines failed due to fuel starvation on the approach to Newman airstrip. The crash was the single biggest loss of police lives in West Australian history, and the first involving a police aircraft. [1] [2] History The Cessna 310 was the first twin engine design from Cessna to enter production after WW2. ... Newman, Western Australia, located about 1120 km northeast of Perth, is the largest town in the Pilbara region. ... A four wheel drive in the Gibson Desert The Gibson Desert is a largely unspoilt Western Australian desert made up of sandhills and dry grass. ...


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See also

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  • Western Australian Year Book 1974.
  • Lieutenant-Governor Stirling's Proclamation of the Colony, 18 June 1829 (UK)
  • Western Australia Police Service 2003

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  • Western Australia Police website

  Results from FactBites:
 
Western Australia Police - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (947 words)
The genesis of the police was the appointment of a Sheriff by Captain Stirling in June 1829, as part of the proclamation of the Swan River Colony.
All recruits to the Police begin their service as uniformed constables and are required to serve time in a country district.
The highest ranking police officer in the Western Australia Police, holds the title of Commissioner of Police.
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