The WA Police Union has extended its deadline for the State Government to show it has acted to provide legal protection for officers involved in high-speed chases.
At a special meeting of the union executive today, board members decided to give the State Government an extension on its original deadline, which was due to expire next Monday, October 1.
Union president George Tilbury said the union expected the State Government to show its draft legislation by October 19 before introducing the legislation into Parliament.
If legislation is not brought to parliament by December 5, the union would decide whether to ban high speed pursuits for its officers.
Mr Tilbury said the protection of officers could be achieved through an amendment to the Road Traffic Act but he also said the State Government was considering new laws that could carry a mandatory jail term for people convicted of evading police.
Police Minister Liza Harvey would not commit to the Government introducing the legislation this year, but claimed the Police Union did not expect it to.
She said she did not believe police would be banning pursuits from October 1.
"The assurance I've had from the union is that they have been very, very happy with our engagement on that issue with my office," she said.
"I am confident that we are going to satisfy the requirements of the Police Union that came out of their motion to their conference in May.
"The Police Union have no expectation to my knowledge, in my conversations with them, that the legislation will be passed through this session of Parliament."After this week, Parliament will sit for four more three-day weeks with the last day before the March election on November 15.
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