Murdoch Police to get better protection with new shields


Senior Sergeant Glenn Swannell and Constable Anthony Neale with the new riot gear and  shields that can interlock for better protection.  Picture: Marie Nirme        d456211.
Senior Sergeant Glenn Swannell and Constable Anthony Neale with the new riot gear and shields that can interlock for better protection. Picture: Marie Nirme        d456211.

MURDOCH Police have a new stash of riot shields although history shows they may get little use from them, as OIC Glenn Swannell says the previous lot have spent at least the last three years in the cupboard.

A police media spokeswoman said WA Police has standardised its riot shields.

“The advantage provided by the new shields is that they will enable the formation of a solid line of officers by interlocking, hence adding protection over most of the body,” she said.

“The solid barrier is very difficult to break, and additional shields can also offer overhead protection.

WA Police dispose of the expired shields internally under strict guidelines that are both sustainable and cost effective.”