Back-end police services such as firearms licensing and traffic fines processing may be cancelled or delayed as a result of cuts to the WA Police budget, Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan has warned.
Mr O'Callaghan confirmed the State Government had written to him this week to ask WA Police to cut another $10 million from the department's annual budget on top of the State Government's 2 per cent efficiency dividend that is expected to slash $21 million from the police budget.
The Commissioner said that $10 million was the equivalent of 104 full-time employees but he vowed frontline policing services would not be affected.
"Those 104 positions have to be, for want of a better word, have to be cancelled or lost from WA Police to save salary," Mr O'Callaghan said.
"Where you lose employees there will be some sort of service loss."
Mr O'Callaghan said WA Police was yet to determine where the cuts could be made.
"No police will leave the frontline while I am Commissioner to sit in an office and take a public servant's job; if the public servant goes, the actual service goes with it," he said.
"We no longer deliver that service, or the KPIs change, or the time it takes to deliver that service will change, but I will not take a police officer off the frontline to sit in a public servants' role."
Mr O'Callaghan said police response times would not be affected, but no service was immune to the cuts.
"Ultimately what will happen if you lose 104 places or more, some service delivery will be affected. It's impossible to not do that," he said.
"I don't have a problem doing it as long as the public understands there will be a change to service."Police responses won't change but other things we might call administrative or back-end will change. There will be longer processing times or in some cases services will be discontinued all together."
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