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Our history

The history of policing in Western Australia began with the founding of the colony in 1829 when Governor Stirling appointed a few part-time constables to keep the peace public order in Perth and Fremantle.

A troop of Mounted Police was formed in 1834 and other types of police were added as the needs of the colony changed, particularly after the introduction of convicts. The colony's Legislative Council passed a Police Ordinance in 1849 that outlined police powers and responsibilities. An organised police force did not as yet exist. The force was formally established in 1853, when a Chief of Police was appointed and a Code of Rules published outlining an administrative structure.

In 1861, a second and expanded Police Ordinance was passed to clarify the chain of command, the powers and responsibilities of members and the various offences they had to deal with. In that year, the force consisted of about 75 commissioned officers and policemen. The extent of police jurisdiction expanded with the State, and by the time the Police Act of 1892 - still largely in force - was passed, the number of police had increased threefold.

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Who's who

All police officers within the Wester Australia Police have ranks. An officer's rank will be displayed on their epaulettes. This is what police have on the shoulders of their uniforms.

Commissioner of Police

Deputy Commissioner of Police

Assistant Commissioner of Police

Commander

Superintendent

Inspector

Senior Sergeant

Sergeant

Senior Constable

First Class Constable

Constable and Cadet

The WA Police logo

What the WA Police logo means

The Crown:
Recognises Royal authority and the Queen as Head of State and Head of the police.

The Laurel Wreath:
Symbol of achievement, victory and valour. It originated in Ancient Greece where the laurel wreath indicated the best and most worthy.

The Five Pointed Star:
Symbolises members of the police ready to go in any direction in order to perform their duties.

The State Emblem:
Incorporates the kangaroo paw, black swan and kangaroos, being the symbols which typify Western Australia.

WA Police flag

The new Western Australia Police Flag was first flown during Police Week, September 2005.

It is a contemporary design that replaces the previous WA Police flag which was in use for approximately 35 years.

It displays an etched version of the WA Police logo in white, surmounted over a swan in defensive posture, in police blue, upon a white field. The fly of the flag shows the Sillitoe Tartan as a graduated vertical band.

The Black Swan is a fauna emblem of the State of Western Australia and has consistently been an image on Police regalia and motifs since 1870. The swan’s outstretched wings represent freedom from fear and its posture a symbol of all police officers’ obligation to protect Western Australians. The Sillitoe Tartan is a recognised international symbol of policing.

The flag is based on a winning entry submitted by Carine Senior High School Year 12 student, Anne Cobai, to a 2005 competition in which secondary school students submitted flag designs.

WA Police banner

The WA Police banner is used as our ceremonial emblem.

The WA Police banner is paraded during graduation ceremonies, police memorial ceremonies, parades and at other high profile police ceremonies.

The banner is royal blue with the police insignia displayed on both sides and gold thread around the three edges. The banner is made from pure silk. The WA Police banner is stored and displayed at the WA Police Academy in Joondalup inside a secure glass cabinet.

History of the banner

The custom of presenting banners in Australia started in 1904 when 20 banners were presented to Australian Army Units for service in the Boer War.

The banners were presented by King Edward VII to 18 light horse regiments, the Royal Australian Artillery and the Australian Army Medical Corps. A further 23 of these banners were presented to infantry units in 1911.
After Government approval, WA Police adopted the custom of having a banner to recognise the service that police give to the Western Australian community.

The first WA Police banner dedication ceremony was held at the WA Police Academy on 19 September 1989 in Maylands.

This banner was decommissioned on 18 February 2005 after 16 years use at the Police Academy and is now on display in a custom glass case. A new banner has been in use since that time.

After this banner had been used for 16 years, it was put on display inside a glass cabinet. A new banner has been used since that time.