$91.2 million police package to support COVID-19 response

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A $91.2 million package will support the State's emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police graduates throwing hats in the air

The State Government has announced a $91.2 million package of measures to support the State’s emergency response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The WA Police Force will receive $73.4 million to immediately recruit an extra 150 police officers. 135 recruits already in training are also being fast-tracked for deployment.

The remaining $17.8 million will be used to expand police tracking and tracing capabilities.

$14.8 million will be used to purchase 100 mobile intelligence cameras, also known as Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology, to monitor and enforce movement restrictions around the State.

$3 million will be used to purchase GPS tracking devices for electronic monitoring devices after laws were passed by State Parliament last week. These laws allow the Commissioner of Police to order the use of electronic monitoring devices to track a quarantine direction.

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Page reviewed 10 November 2020