Stirling hosts WA Police Leadership Conference

Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling

Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel of the Western Australian Police Force leads the discussion with welcomed guests of the Western Australian Police Force 2018 Metropolitan Region Leadership Conference held at the Sir James Stirling Annex in HMAS Stirling, Garden Island. (photo: ABIS Christopher Szumlanski)
Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel of the Western Australian Police Force leads the discussion with welcomed guests of the Western Australian Police Force 2018 Metropolitan Region Leadership Conference held at the Sir James Stirling Annex in HMAS Stirling, Garden Island.

HMAS Stirling has hosted a group of senior police officers who came together recently to attend the Western Australian Police Force (WAPOL) 2018 Metropolitan Leadership Conference. The two-day conference involved a number of guest speakers who discussed various aspects of the concept of ‘leadership’, and how it relates to WAPOL’s core business. 

Stirling Executive Officer, Commander Larry Menon, who hosted the WAPOL conference, said it was important for Navy to maintain effective working relationships with other Government organisations.

Guests gathered in the Sir James Stirling Annex in HMAS Stirling, Garden Island, for the Western Australian Police Force 2018 Metropolitan Region Leadership Conference.

Guests gathered in the Sir James Stirling Annex in HMAS Stirling, Garden Island, for the Western Australian Police Force 2018 Metropolitan Region Leadership Conference.

“Navy shares many similarities with WAPOL, particularly in terms of the culture and leadership aspects of the organisations,” he said.

“After attending a recent WAPOL conference myself, I thought it would be appropriate to return the invitation and have Police onboard HMAS Stirling for their two-day conference.”

Topics covered during the conference included family violence, custody management and community engagement. 

“This is an excellent way of Navy coming together with WAPOL, and further strengthens the ties between the two organisations,” said CMDR Menon.

The Western Australia Police Force is responsible for policing the world’s largest single police jurisdiction, covering WA’s 2.5 million square kilometres.