Expo an insight into new policing model

But there�s no cause for alarm.

Police officers will look to dispel misconceptions around their work when they open the WA Police Academy�s doors to the public for the WA Police Expo on Saturday.

More than 100 officers and recruits in training will be at the Joondalup academy to run exhibit stands and hold demonstrations of a variety of policing scenarios.

Members of the drug squad will dismantle a mock drug lab, riot police will quell a staged out-of-control party, the canine team will display how their dogs detain suspects and patrol officers will perform a high-risk vehicle stop.

The police helicopter will also make an appearance.

Academy principal Superintendent Alan Morton said the presentations were �not a waste of resources� but about officers showcasing their skills under the pressure of an audience.

It is the first time in four years the facility has held the event.

Since then, the policing landscape has changed significantly with the introduction of the Frontline 2020 model.

Supt Morton said he hoped the expo, which the police expect to attract around 5000 people, would help visitors understand the new model, as well as offer a rare insight into operations at the academy.

It would also act as a recruiting drive for future officers.

�We work for the community, we�re part of the community, so we want to be transparent and (give) an opportunity for them to see what happens at their police academy,� he said.

�Our Frontline 2020 operating model is more than just the action (involved in policing). It�s not the idea of a police officer being �big and strong and gruff�, but in fact having a bit more intellect to understand what the causes are (of crime).

�We�re hoping to plant the seed with people for policing as a career � either with young people or people in the workplace who think they�re up for the challenge to step forward for a career change.�

The PCYC will host a kids zone at the event and donations will be accepted for WA Police�s Bright Blue charity for sick children, which has had a recent focus on foetal alcohol syndrome in the Kimberley.

Supt Morton hoped the expo would be held every two years from now on.

WA Police Expo

Where: WA Police Academy, Lakeside Drive, Joondalup.

When: Saturday, May 2, 12pm to 6pm.

Cost: free.

Parking: Public transport is recommended, but parking will be available at the nearby West Coast Institute.