Police officers receive apology for medical retirement

WA’s medically retired police officers have been acknowledged with an honourable discharge for their service.

The McGowan Government has made an historic apology to former WA Police officers removed from the force under a “loss of confidence” provision because of a work-related illness or injury.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts offered the apology as 299 former WA Police officers were presented certificates to former officers at ceremonies in Perth and Bunbury

The government stating that the certificates aimed to restore some dignity after the way some officers’ careers ended.

Officers who could no longer serve because of illness or injury were exited under the section 8 provision of the Police Act.

The process has since ended under McGowan Government reforms passed by State Parliament this year.

Under the reforms, the Police Amendment (Medical Retirement) Bill 2019 establishes a new stand-alone scheme for medical retirement, enabling them to be medically retired with dignity and respect.

The State Government introduced a $16 million Redress Scheme to recognise the indignity and treatment of some medically retired officers.

265 former officers have been deemed eligible for payments following an assessment by an independent panel.

Mrs Roberts said the government was righting the way medically retired officers had been treated.

“We recognise the regrettable process in which these officers were removed from the Force and the psychological burden they carried because of the way their careers ended,” she said.

“Because of the reforms introduced by our Government and passed by Parliament, this kind of indignity will not happen again.”

“I hope the presentation of these certificates goes some way to righting a historical wrong and gives these officers the dignity and recognition they deserve.”

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