On Monday night two officers from the police force Constable Rachel McCrow, 26, and Constable Matthew Arnold, 29. Killed and shot and two more officers injured after ambushed by criminals on an uninhabited. Property located in Wieambilla situated in the Queensland’s Western Downs.
Another civilian also killed and shot. Special police arrived at the scene in which they killed three suspects: two men and one woman. These kinds of incidents extremely uncommon in Australia we often shocked when they happen. What is the risk of police work in Australia?
Have Any Previous Similar Incidents?
According to reports, police visited the house on the instruction by NSW officers to investigate a missing persons investigation. But confronted as they walked along the driveway leading to the home. This isn’t the first time that police officers across Australia snatched by a gunman.
In 1988 Two Victorian Police constables lured to Walsh Street. South Yarra in 1988, after hearing of a stolen vehicle found. Soon after arriving constables Steven Tynan, 22, and Damian Eyre, 20, shot dead in an execution-style slaying.
In 1995 Two NSW Police officers in 1995 shot down as they responded. To an incident that occurred in the community in Crescent Head. Where the suspect camouflaged and was carrying the power of a rifle. They armed revolvers. The inquiry into the deaths led to officers given semiautomatic guns to more effectively defend themselves against the armed criminals.
In the year 2017, Queensland Police officer Brett Forte shot and killed. When he and fellow officers surrounded with wanted. Criminal Ricky Maddison with an automatic weapon while driving through a country highway located in Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane. The information given Forte and his colleagues with information Forte and his colleagues regarding. The threat that posed by Maddision was the subject on coronial investigations.
How Safe Is Officers Policing Australia?
A study of the deaths of police officers in Australia revealed that 28 police officers killed by assaults between 1981 to 2007. Stabbings, shootings, as well as assaults, were among the primary reasons for attack. The study also found that between 1981 and 2007, 22 of police killed in assaults (79% of them) killed through gunshots.
The Australian National Police Memorial lists the police officers who killed while on duty or passed away as a result their work. Since the year 2010, five police officers have died as a consequence of the actions of armed offenders in Australia Of these, four involved firearms, and one knife.
Although the number of deaths isn’t too significant, their impact on the lives on loved ones and colleagues is significant It is important to recognize that police work is a hazardous and challenging job. Apart from fatal injuries, there are a significant number of non-fatal assaults on police. The state of New South Wales, for instance, there 2694 incidents of assault against police reported in 2022.
How Do Australia Compare To Other Countries?
Within the United States, some 224 officers killed in attacks in the period from 2018 to 2021. In the same time frame in Australia 1 policeman killed during an attacks. More long-term data from Australia reveal a rate of one officer killed per year during the period 1981-2007.
Between 2010 and 2021 Six police officers killed in attacks across the UK in which four officers killed by gunshots, one stabbed and another killed in an explosion of a car.
These higher levels in the US are due to the higher percentage of gun ownership as well as the higher incidence of crime that involves guns.
Where The Officers Investigation Going Right Now?
This case will transferred to the coroner to conduct an inquiry, in which a lot of the attention will be on the events that occurred and the reasons. The inquest will look into the circumstances that led fatalities, as well as the conduct taken by police at the time, and the reaction to Queensland Police, and the response of Queensland Police after the shootings. It will also offer recommendations on any preventative measures or policies that may reduce the risk of similar deaths in similar circumstances.
The information accessible to police officers will scrutinized like any threat assessment done and the strategy adopted by police when they attended the incident. This will done both prior to the ambush, and later when specialist teams brought in to investigate the scene of violence. The information available to police officers is crucial.
However, first and foremost the police and the wider community. Must mourn the unimaginable loss of the victims in this tragic incident. The people who involved in the incident required to go through an essential incident-related debrief. Psychological first aid continues to also required to assist the affected. Many will end up wondering how and why this could occur.