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“We’re bleeding right across the state”: Union slams police hour plan

A Government plan to curb the traditional spike in summer crime has been slammed by the WA Police Union.

Five million dollars will be spent over the next six months for an extra 50,000 overtime policing hours.

Union President Harry Arnott says there’s a major resourcing issue in the state’s emergency services.

“The average police officer earns ten to fifteen hours a week or fortnight in overtime and we’re asking them to do even more,” he told Gareth Parker.

“The guys on the beat in the city work really hard, they do an extraordinary job and now we’re asking them to do even more.”

“This government had an opportunity in 2017 to commit to police numbers but because they knew that they were going to win that election, they didn’t commit to it.”

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