About WA Police
Western Australia Police is one of eight police jurisdictions in Australia and is responsible for policing the world's largest single police jurisdiction covering 2.5 million square kilometres with a structure comprising two regions, 11 districts and 157 police stations.
To enhance the quality of life and well-being of all people in Western Australia by contributing to making our State a safe and secure place.
The Western Australia Water Police was established in 1851 and have three bases, North Fremantle, Mandurah and Dampier.
Forty police officers and police staff operate and look after eight patrol boats ranging from 5m to 22m in length. They are responsible for Western Australia's 13,000 kilometres of coastline, and more than 100,000 registered pleasure craft.
They also police the states waterways, coordinate maritime search and rescue, and investigate marine crime.
The WA Police Dive Squad operates from North Fremantle and conducts underwater searches for evidence and missing persons.
For more information, visit the Water Police page on our website.
The Dog Squad was formed in 1993 with two police officers and two German Shepherd dogs.
Since that time the section has steadily grown. It now has one senior sergeant in charge, three training Sergeants and two training officers. There are seventeen general purpose dog teams, nine drug and three explosive detection dog teams, including teams in Kalgoorlie, Geraldton and Bunbury. The Dog Squad also has a full time kennel hand.
Our police dogs are mainly German Shepherds, Rottweilers and Labradors which have been found to be best suited to policing.
The Dog Squad also helps with:
- apprehending violent offenders;
- detecting explosives;
- detecting drugs in houses, buildings, vehicles, boats and aircraft;
- lecturing on the role of dogs in policing;
- finding weapons and stolen property;
- responding to antisocial behaviour, demonstrations and riots; and
- tracking offenders from crime scenes.
For more information, visit the Dog Squad page on our website.
The Police Air Wing supports frontline police in many ways. These include the deployment of police personnel, crime detection and prevention, search and rescue, and medical transfers. The Police Air Wing operates at two locations in Western Australia, Jandakot Airport where the helicopter, Cessna 182 and PC12 are based, and Karratha where the second PC12 is based.
For more information, visit the Air Wing page on our website.
The Mounted Police has over 20 experienced patrol horses and young horses in training, Today's Mounted Section offers a different style of policing to when it first began in Perth, in 1834.
One of the Mounted Police's main roles is to prevent anti-social behaviour in Northbridge and other entertainment precincts in Western Australia.
They also carry out the following roles:
- patrols in country Western Australia
- suburban patrols
- bush searches for missing persons and evidence
- beach patrols at known trouble spots
- School Leavers' events
- ceremonial duties such as the Anzac Day Parade and VIP escorts
- attending to public marches and demonstrations
For more information, visit the Mounted Police page on our website.
Western Australia Police Pipe Band
Formed in 1966, the Western Australia Police Pipe Band proudly serves the whole community of Western Australia and are the current Australian and South Pacific Grade 1 Champions. They are held in highest regard not only in Australia, but all around the world for their ability to perform ceremonial duties as well as deliver outstanding traditional and contemporary musical performances for the community.
The band provides a proactive image and a fantastic public relations tool for WA Police, helping to show a different side of policing to the community using the power of music and positive interaction.
In addition to WA Police ceremonial duties, the band also perform at around 235 community engagements events throughout WA, and in addition to social media, TV and radio figures, they have directly performed in front of over 650,000 spectators in the past year. They also run a highly successful schools and youth interaction program, performing to over 40 primary schools around the State annually.
Band officers perform a dual role for the agency by also working at various local police stations, mounted, dog squad, recruiting and other specialist units two day per week, providing direct support to our Frontline services.
The band occasionally travels around the state and interstate and all funds for these endeavours are raised by the band member’s in their own time, so attendance can be achieved at little to no cost to the Government or to WA Police. All required funds are facilitated by the band’s Supporter’s Association and their successful ‘Friends of the Band’ program.
A brief overview of the some of the events the band attends each year are:
- Emergency Services and Armed Forces Ceremonies
- Police Legacy, Constable Care and PCYC’s events
- Federal and State Government ceremonies
- Charity events such as City to Surf, HBF Fun Run, MS Bike Rides, HeadWest Brain Trauma etc
- Street parades such as ANZAC Day, Christmas Pageant, Pride Parade etc
- Various street and community Festivals
- Schools and Youth awareness programmes
- Community Engagement street concerts
- Metropolitan and Regional area Shows
- Australia Surf Life Saving Championships
- Various large scale sporting events
- Multicultural celebrations such as Australia Day, NAIDOC, St Patrick Day, St Andrew’s Day, Chinese New Year etc