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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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|
|First Class Constable|
|Constable and Cadet|
What the WA Police logo means
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.