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?
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
(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