Police Minister Michelle Roberts has urged the agency to collate information on traffic violations following it’s refusal to release information. A
Police Minister Michelle Roberts has urged the agency to collate information on traffic violations following it’s refusal to release information.
As WA Police yesterday denied they had anything to hide despite refusing to reveal how many officers have been caught flouting traffic laws, Police Minister Michelle Roberts asked the agency to collate the information so it was available.
Mrs Roberts said she wanted police to put a system in place to centrally compile details of infringements issued to on-duty officers, similar to other Government departments.
She also asked police to give The West Australian a spreadsheet that contained at least some of the details of officers who had committed traffic offences between 2015 and last year but it is yet to be provided.
Police had refused to release the document, citing parliamentary privilege but yesterday the Acting Commissioner, Stephen Brown, told Fairfax radio they had denied this newspaper’s FOI request because it was “particularly cumbersome”.
“The data that’s being sought is just simply not available in a spreadsheet or a database,” he told 6PR.
“It requires a lot of resources and time and effort to extract the data.”
In previous years WA Police have provided figures under FOI about the number of officers caught flouting traffic rules when they were not attending urgent jobs.
Opposition Leader Mike Nahan said the State Government came into power with a promise of gold standard transparency and that meant, on FOI, responding quickly and thoroughly. “They have a problem with coming clean and the police illustrate this,” he said.
In the wake of public questions, Mr Brown requested an internal review to “identify opportunities to enhance our internal systems and provide more streamlined access to infringement information”.
Mr Brown also reassured the public that any officer who breached road rules was asked to explain why and if their actions were not justified they were issued an infringement.