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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3372

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister repre senting the Attorney-General, upon notice:

Has consideration yet been given to those recommendations of Colonel Sir Eric St Johnston which might be adopted with advantage in the Commonwealth Police Force or which concern co-operative action between the Commonwealth and State Police Forces; if so, with what result (Hansard, 20th April 1971, page 1746).

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Because of differing functions, organisation, procedures and terms and conditions of employment in the Commonwealth Police Force, the recommendations contained in Colonel Sir Eric St Johnston's report on the Victorian Force which are relevant are those of a general character relating to police training, study schemes for police and police communications. The recommendations on these matters are being taken into consideration in reviewing training programmes and the introduction of a study assistance scheme for members of the Commonwealth Police Force. In co-operation with professional engineers of the Postmaster-General's Department radio communication requirements for the Force are also being reviewed.

In the field of co-operative action Colonel Sir Eric St Johnston recommended that officers from the Victorian Force should attend a course each year at the Australian Police College and that the Commonwealth Police should conduct the National Central Bureau of Interpol in Australia. As to the first point, places are available for members of the Victoria Police at the Officers' Course conducted each year at the Australian Police College. Discussions are continuing with Victoria on the second point.

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