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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 745 asked in the Legislative Council on 30 August 2022 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Minister responding: Hon P. Papalia
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on 30 August 2022

POLICE — NALOXONE

745. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

In July 2021, the Western Australia Police Force commenced a 12-month trial that saw selected officers from Perth and Bunbury carry the drug Naloxone, which can save the lives of not only the public, but also officers who may be exposed to toxic illicit substances.

(1) How many officers were involved in the trial and in what exact areas?

(2) How many times did officers make use of the drug during the trial?

(3) Is the government now considering making Naloxone a standard piece of police equipment for all officers across the state; and, if not, why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of this question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Police.

The Western Australia Police Force advises —

(1) In the initial 12-month trial, between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022, 365 officers were trained, and the areas included Belmont Police Station; Bunbury Police Station; the canine unit; Cannington Police Station; the exhibit management unit; the Fremantle police complex; Geraldton Police Station; the liquor enforcement unit; the metropolitan mental health co-response unit; the Geraldton mental health co-response unit; the Geraldton central regional operations group—ROG; Perth Police Station; Perth watch house; the property receival exhibit storage section—PRESS; and the serious organised crime division.

(2) Twenty times.

(3) The McGowan government is currently considering the future use of Naloxone for the WA Police Force.