Researching with WA Police

WA Police is currently not supplying data for the purpose of research projects. Please refer to this page for updates to this status.

Note for prospective research applications -

  • All applications are to be submitted online.
  • Due to the current volume of research applications, the initial review process may take a minimum of four weeks followed by the assessment process. Complex research applications may take longer.
  • Requests for statistical data and information are assessed and prioritised according to organisational priority. For example, priority is given to operational demands. Therefore applicants should allocate sufficient time in their request. For approved applications specified timeframes may be subject to change.
  • It is strongly advised researchers seek early feedback by submitting an Expression of Interest (a one page summary of the research proposal) prior to completing a full application. Please read the 'Research Information and Guidelines' for more information.

WA Police encourages individual researchers and academic institutions to conduct research into the wide range of issues relevant to policing today.

All applications for research must be approved through the Western Australia Police Research Application Review Committee (RARC). This process covers all types of research proposals including requests for data held on police systems and access to interview or survey police officers or police staff.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Academic Research Administration Unit to discuss their research early in its development.

Please note: For university students and staff, university ethics approval is not a guarantee the research will be approved by WA Police.

Research applications

To apply to conduct research relating to WA Police you will need to download the information documents and application form.

Full completion of the Application to Conduct Research form will enable the prompt review and assessment of your application.