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Question On Notice No. 1896 asked in the Legislative Council on 21 February 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Police; Road Safety
Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to the answer provided by the Minister for Child Protection to my question without notice asked on 22 August 2018, in which the House was informed that the Western Australia Police Force holds the up-to-date information in relation to Operation Fledermaus, and I ask:
(a) since the start of Operation Fledermaus and the formation of the Pilbara joint response team, were a total of 58 offenders charged, with 349 charges being preferred as at 23 August 2018;
(b) further to (a), have either of those numbers changed since 23 August 2018;
(c) if yes to (b), what are the current number of offenders charged and charges preferred;
(d) of those persons charged with one or more offences, how many have been convicted of at least one of the offences for which they were charged;
(e) since the start of Operation Fledermaus and the formation of the Pilbara joint response team, how many individuals were listed as a person of interest;
(f) further to (e), how many individuals were listed as a victim of those persons of interest; and
(g) further to (f), how many of those were children at the time of being listed?

Answered on 10 April 2019

The Western Australian Police Force advise:

(a) On 23 August 2018, the Western Australia Police Force provided information in response to Question Without Notice 667. As of that date, the Western Australia Police Force reported 58 offenders charged with a total of 349 charges. These figures incorporated the Operation Fledermaus and the investigations conducted by the Pilbara Joint Response Team (responding to reports of child abuse across the Pilbara District). 

(b) – (c) Yes. As provided in response to Question Without Notice 1018 at that time 60 Offenders had been identified and 364 charges preferred. 

(d) With the cessation of Operation Fledermaus and the formation of the Pilbara Joint Response Team, the Western Australia Police Force are no longer manually collating the detailed information pertaining to the total number of offenders, victims and charges. Each individual report and investigation for all serious crime matters, is separately case managed within the Information Management System and therefore reporting is case specific. 

(e) – (g) As above.