Western Australia Police sign up with Defence

A Mem­o­ran­dum of Under­stand­ing (MOU) to sup­port Defence Reservists who are employed with the West­ern Aus­tralia Police will be signed with the Aus­tralian Defence Force (ADF) today (10 Novem­ber 2010) at 10am at Leeuwin Bar­racks, East Fre­man­tle.

West­ern Aus­tralia Police, rep­re­sent­ed by Com­mis­sion­er Karl O’Callaghan APM, will join with the Head of Defence’s Cadet, Reserve and Employ­er Sup­port Divi­sion Major Gen­er­al Greg Melick to sign the MOU.

Major Gen­er­al Melick said the MOU aimed to cre­ate a mutu­al­ly under­stood approach and bet­ter man­age­ment of a shared work­force.

“Reservists bring valu­able life and work skills back to their civil­ian work­places and that includes our nation’s emer­gency ser­vices,” said Major Gen­er­al Melick.

“The WA Police have been par­tic­u­lar­ly sup­port­ive and pro­vid­ed a Mil­i­tary Police detach­ment to Oper­a­tion ASTUTE in Tim­or Leste last year, which was giv­en a Com­men­da­tion from the Com­man­der of the Inter­na­tion­al Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Force for their out­stand­ing per­for­mance.”

West­ern Aus­tralia Police has around 5800 police offi­cers and 2100 police staff, some of whom are also Reservists.

Com­mis­sion­er Karl O’Callaghan said Reservists and police per­son­nel shared sim­i­lar skill require­ments, includ­ing high-lev­el deci­sion-mak­ing and team-work.

“Reservists can learn a range of skills which can be trans­ferred to their dai­ly role in WA Police – it’s a great foun­da­tion in terms of team work, dis­ci­pline and lead­er­ship.”

The sign­ing in WA fol­lows pre­vi­ous agree­ments in Tas­ma­nia, New South Wales and South Aus­tralia.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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