A Perth teenager who allegedly stole a police uniform to impersonate an officer and enter secure police buildings has publicly apologised.
Chris Bergroth, 18, issued a formal apology through his lawyer, Michael Clarke, today, saying “how sorry” he was for his actions.
“I just want to say how sorry I am for breaching police security,” Bergroth’s statement read.
“It was the wrong thing to do, and I just got carried away with my desire to be a police officer and help people.
“I’m sorry to Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan.
“I’ve grown up with an enormous amount of respect for the WA police service and I deeply regret what I did.”
Bergroth also apologised to “family and friends” for embarrassing them, and “the public of WA“, saying he “didn’t mean to hurt anyone”.
He is facing more than 30 charges after allegedly stealing the police uniform - including a utility belt, baton, handcuffs and gun holster - and using it over the course of a month to gain access to police headquarters, detective headquarters and the Perth Watch House.
Bergroth also allegedly went to a traffic accident posing as a police officer.
While police have been left red-faced over the incident, they insist the 18-year-old did not have access to any firearms.
WA Police Minister Rob Johnson said the incident had been “a salutary lesson” and embarrassing, but pledged it would never happen again.
A 25-year-old police custody officer working at the Watch House has been stood down pending the investigation.