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Question Without Notice No. 948 asked in the Legislative Council on 6 December 2017 by Hon Peter Collier

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 6 December 2017

POLICE — CRIME STATISTICS
      948. Hon PETER COLLIER to the minister representing the Minister for Police:
I refer to the Western Australia Police Force crime statistics portal.
(1) Why have no crime statistics been published on the WA Police Force website since June 2017?
      (2) Was the minister consulted on the decision not to publish any crime statistics since June 2017; and, if so, what was the outcome of the consultation?
      (3) What changes, if any, have been or will be made to the methodology for the reporting of crime statistics since they were last reported in June 2017?
      (4) When will crime statistics for the period since June 2017 be reported; and how often will the statistics be reported henceforth?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the Leader of the Opposition for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Police.
      (1) The Western Australia Police Force advises that following a 2016 review of the WA Police Force crime statistics, work is proceeding to align the statistics with Australian Bureau of Statistics recommendations.
      (2) The Minister for Police has been briefed on the work of the WA Police Force regarding crime statistics reporting.
      (3) The WA Police Force advises that changes to the methodology include adoption of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Offence Classification 2011; additional offence types being made available for selection in the recording of incidents; aligning counting rules with the national crime recording standard; and the incident management system being updated to support changes in recording practices.
      (4) The crime statistics will be released has soon as possible. Further details will be provided by the WA Police Force at that time.