It is unlikely the report into drugs and crime in Australian sport will drop a “bombshell” on WA, Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan says.
The Australian Crime Commission last week released the findings of a 12-month investigation into Australian sport and the relationship between professional sporting bodies, prohibited substances and organised crime.
The report identified widespread use of prohibited substances including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs in professional sport, and also noted the possibility of match-fixing.
Mr O'Callaghan said he was still waiting for an “intelligence package” from the ACC, and so far, no investigation was underway by the state's police.
“It's not evidence, it's just intelligence,” he told Fairfax Radio today.
“It doesn't necessarily mean that we'll be able to conduct an investigation.”
Mr O'Callaghan said he was “almost certain” there would not be a “bombshell” from the ACC report.
The commissioner said a difficulty for police was that while many drugs were prohibited in sport, they were not illegal.
“They come under the poisons schedule in Western Australia so it would be an offence to possess them if you weren't in possession of a prescription for them, so we could do something about that,” he said.
“But we're not necessarily dealing with illicit drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.”
Mr O'Callaghan is on the board of the ACC, whose findings prompted a Victorian police investigation.
But he said WA Police were not geared to investigate the issues raised, like match-fixing.
“We've got a fraud squad but that's not its focus,” he said.
“If it was necessary for us to conduct those sorts of investigations we would need very significant resourcing.
“It's a completely new business for us.”
If state police needed to respond, then new units, resources, training and equipment would need to be provided, Mr O'Callaghan said.