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WA frontline police should get danger money and the number of Tasers issued should be doubled because of an almost 30 per cent rise in assaults on officers in the first four months this year, their union said yesterday.
New statistics show there were 485 assaults on officers in the four months compared with 378 in the same period last year.
Union president-elect Russell Armstrong said increased safety risks meant all WA police officers who were not office-bound and did regular frontline duties should get a penalty rate.
He also believed that the more than 3000 officers who fi
Since Karl David founded Bluey Day in 1995, it has spread from a few police members in Victoria to Emergency Services members and the public from all over Australia, as well as in Canada and America.
The Headshave campaign originated in Horsham, Victoria in 1995 under the name of Crop-a-Cop. Sergeant Karl David (Senior Constable at the time) wanted to raise money for children living with cancer. Since children often lose their hair during chemotherapy, he thought it might boost their morale to see a bald policeman and show that it's 'cool' to have no hair! Each officer had to raise a minimum of $1,000 to participate and in November 1995, 165 police officers gathered in Horsham Town Hall to shave their heads. There were representatives from each state's police forces and the event was shown live on " Hey Hey It's Saturday." The first person shaved on this eventful night was actually a Horsham Council parking officer. The night resulted in $235,000 being raised to assist children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. What a fantastic beginning!
2008 saw a change of guard at Bluey Day, with a totally new team stepping up to manage the fundraising. A national challenge was put forward to see who could raise the most money with our top three 2008 fundraisers all coming from the Goldfields region in WA. Between them, they raised over $70,000!
The Police Union says jail sentences handed down to two men who bashed several police officers during a brawl at the Meekatharra Hotel two years ago will not deter people from committing similar crimes.
Peter Laylan, 52, was jailed for two and a half years for punching Constable Shane Markham in the mouth, knocking out a tooth, and pushing away a female police officer who tried to arrest him.
Laylan threw another female officer, Constable Christina Johnson, to the ground and held her down.
The officers had been trying to break up an drunken and unruly crowd which had gathered at the Meekatharra hotel following a funeral.
Laylan will serve 16 months in prison before being eligible for parole.
Judge Kate O'Brien told the court Laylan's actions set the scene for 43-year-old Leonard Wells' cowardly attack on Constable Johnson.
Wells was jailed for four and a half years for kicking the officer as she lay on the ground, but will serve 18 months before being eligible for parole.
The West Australian Police Commissioner, Karl O'Callahan, says he is disgusted with the acquittal of three men accused of assaulting police in the Perth suburb of Joondalup last year.
Robert Mcleod and his two sons Barry and Scott walked free from the Perth District Court yesterday after a jury took one and a half days to find them not guilty of assulting four police officers.
They were accused of assaulting the officers outside a tavern in the northern Perth suburb of Joondalup in February, 2008.
The attack included a flying headbutt which left 32-year-old Constable Matthew Butcher with brain damage. He is paralysed down his left side and his sight is damaged.
Originally posted by Chadwickus
Ahh so ALL cops are bad because you had a bed experience with one huh?