"WA Police Force can re-open investigations into all unsolved crimes if new information comes to light"
This is the Western Australia Police Force Annual Report for 2018.
In his foreword the new Commissioner, Chris Dawson APM tells us
My first action was to return the agency to being known as the Western Australia Police Force . This change aligns the agency with the Police Act 1892, and reflects my view that as a police force, it is our duty to enforce the law and be unrelenting in pursuing those who break the law .
Not if those who break the law have powerful friends.
Like Julia Gillard.
Page 151 of the report is devoted to WA Police performance on solving property crimes.
One of the purposes of police is to apprehend offenders, and this is usually the result of a successful investigation. Apprehending offenders may stop further offences being committed and act as a deterrent to future criminal behaviour. As a consequence, this contributes to community safety and security .
WA Police aren't doing terribly well on that measure. 78.3% of property crimes remain uncleared.
But the Force makes this promise to us all.
.....the WA Police Force can re-open investigations into all unsolved crimes if new information or new evidence comes to light.
Commissioner Dawson might like to explain that to Assistant Commissioner Gary "Golf Course" Budge.
Or he can explain to us why the Golf-Course Budgie has gotten away with this.
Assistant Commissioner Budge's guide to pursuing criminals involves the highly subjective "Budge" test.
Cover something up for long enough, have the right connections, let the offence go "stale" and - at least according to Assistant Commissioner Budge - you're off scot-free. Home and hosed.
Really Assistant Commissioner?
Does the Budge test apply to child sex offenders? Murderers?
Golf-course-Gary (that's him, second from the left on a "course" for the day) might think about criminals that way but Dave McAlpine and I don't.
This doesn't end here.
Every touch leaves its trace Gary - even hard to budge stale old buggers.