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Question Without Notice No. 616 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 June 2020 by Hon Charles Smith

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 17 June 2020

POLICE — GLOCK 22 SELF-LOADING PISTOLS

616. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

I refer to the introduction of the .40 calibre Glock 22 side-arm use-of-force option for Western Australia Police Force frontline officers.

When was the .40 calibre Glock 22 first introduced for frontline police officers and how many fatalities have been linked to use of the Glock 22 as a force option?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

Under the Gallop Labor government, I moved swiftly to roll out the Glock 22 self-loading pistol, SLP .40 calibre, to our police officers, and this took place between 2002 and 2003. Prior to this rollout, there was a 30-year replacement program in place that left police officers using three different kinds of firearms. There have been nine fatalities linked to the use of the Glock 22 by the Western Australia Police Force.