Management and Investigation of Targeted Threats to Police

Dr Natalie Pyszora1,2,3,4, Detective Sergeant Tim Paini2, Sergeant Steve Perejmibida2
1Department Of Health WA, Perth, Australia, 2Security Operations Division, Western Australia Police Force, Maylands, Australia, 3School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University Western Australia, Crawley, Australia, 4School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Police officers are frequently subjected to verbal and physical assaults in their daily duties dealing with the public.

However, some police may be subjected to specific types of workplace harm.

Some officers are specifically targeted. This can be because of their role in investigations into organised crime, or other crime areas where offenders have significant capability and motive to target officers for the purposes of intimidation and/or revenge.

The WAPF has a specific Project which undertakes investigation and management in these cases. The State Security Investigation Group will undertake investigative oversight in consultation with the District, and the Protection Security Unit undertakes physical security advice where required.

The presenters are two experienced sergeants who have years of operational experience in these areas. They will use case examples to illustrate how investigations are managed, and threat management procedures implemented to manage the risk of work related harm.

The presentation will also summarise the risk assessment and management undertaken for individuals who have fixations and grievances and approach police infrastructure and/or the WAPF Commissioner as a result. We will highlight how the different organisational units within the Security Operations Division, including FTAC, are involved in this process.


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