Two WA police officers who were in Christchurch for a sniper training course were among the massive law enforcement response to gunman Brenton Tarrant’s deadly rampage.
WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts recognised the officers in a speech to State Parliament yesterday, revealing they had been deployed to locations including the Linwood Mosque with New Zealand Police.
The officers, from WA Police’s Tactical Response Group, were among some of the world’s best law enforcement marksmen honing their skills at the joint agency sniper course when they were called to put their skills into action.
“As the tragic events unfolded in Christchurch, the snipers were equipped with weapons and medical kits,” Mrs Roberts said.
“Our two Senior Constables were involved in medical first response and tactical operations. Due to their critical operational role, I can’t share with you their names.”
Mrs Roberts said because of the ongoing police investigation she could not provide more details of the role the two officers played.
“I’m pleased to advise that both officers have now returned safely to Western Australia,” she said.
“Every day, Western Australia’s police officers intervene in difficult and dangerous situations.
“They do so willingly, effectively having been trained and equipped for the job, and with care and compassion for the victims they are helping.
“I’m sure all Members of this House will join me in recognising their service in Christchurch.”
The first funerals for some of the 50 worshippers killed in the attack were held yesterday.