The look-out near the National ANZAC Centre. Photo: Instagram / interpretationaustraliaAlbany Police officers face an internal review after decorating two marked police cars with ribbons and using them in a private wedding procession on Saturday afternoon.
Perth man Peter, who did not want to have his surname published, told Radio 6PR on Wednesday the vehicles were being driven by two police officers in uniform.
The wedding party is understood to have had photos taken at a popular look-out near the National ANZAC Centre.
WA Police has since confirmed the incident is being reviewed.
“It was quite surprising and a little bit concerning to think public sector resources are being tied up, particularly police, when they should be out policing,” Peter said.
“On the back of the horrific weekend we had with road tragedy, to think that those resources were tied up for a private function.
“I, like many, was travelling to the Albany region over the long weekend and I never saw a police vehicle on the road between Perth and Albany and back – I only saw one multi-nova.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed two police cars were used during a male police officer’s wedding.
“The cars were used to escort a horse-drawn carriage for a short period,” she said.
“The use was given prior approval by a supervisor, subject to the vehicles not being required for tasking at the time.”
WAtoday understands the cars also tried to drive up to a look-out point to be in wedding photos but were denied access as vehicles are not permitted at the point.
The police spokeswoman said other police cars were patrolling the area on Saturday afternoon.
“Two other police vehicles were patrolling the Albany area at the time and available to attend jobs,” she said.
“The matter is under review at the moment to establish if decision-making was appropriate and whether any policy was breached.”
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