1294. Hon ALISON XAMON to the minister representing the Minister for Police:
I refer to recommendation 42 of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody regarding information on people passing through police cells.
(1) Has this recommendation been implemented?
(2) If yes to (1)—
(a) will the minister please provide the most recent annual data available;
(b) where is this information published; and
(c) how often is it published?
(3) If no to (1)—
(a) why not; and
(b) will the minister commit to implementing the recommendation?
(4) If yes to (3)(b), when?
(5) If no to (3)(b), why not?
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.
The Western Australia Police Force advises the following.
(1) Yes. Further, since October 2019, the custody notification service has been implemented and officers phone the service administered by the Aboriginal Legal Service when an Aboriginal person is detained in a WA police facility.
(2) (a) The number is 29 616 from 2 October 2019 to October 2020.
(b) Internally on the WA Police Force business intelligence portal.
(3)–(5) Not applicable.