Triple-zero call-taker charged over alleged rort

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THREE people, including one who worked taking triple-zero emergency calls for the ambulance service in Perth, have been charged with disclosing official secrets.

A 42-year-old Perth woman who was working as a triple zero call taker at St John Ambulance is charged with 12 counts of disclosing official secrets and is due at Perth Magistrates Court today.

The 35-year-old High Wycombe woman is charged with seven counts and the 42-year-old Southern River man charged with 12 counts of disclosing official secrets will appear in court in September.

Police said the arrests were linked to the January arrest of a 32-year-old woman, who was employed at the Police Assistance Centre and was paid for tip offs.

Superintendent Darren Seivwright of State Communications Division.

Superintendent Darren Seivwright said the link between all the people charged in the Internal Affairs Unit investigation, believed to be six altogether, seemed to be the same towing company.

“The allegation is that a WA police employee was a drug user and was in a relationship with a tow truck employee,” he said.

“The WA police employee received $100 per tip off for a total of $16,000.”

Superintendent Sievwright said the community had a right to expect secure management of confidential information from the police.

“We are a family and sometimes members of the family let you down,” he said.

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