ANZFSS WA Branch AGM & Presentation
The Annual General Meeting for the Western Australian Branch of the Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society is to be held in the Exhibition Space of Building 500 at Curtin University on 26 October 2016. The AGM will commence at 6 pm and will be followed by a presentation from Sergeant Clayton (Jack) Bennie of the Western Australian Police Service.
Sergeant Bennie joined the Western Australia Police in 1983 and transferred to the Forensic Division in 1989 where he was involved in the forensic investigation of a diverse range of volume crime, serious and major crimes including fires, arson, homicides, bombings and armed robberies.
In 1991 he underwent training as a Bomb Scene Examiner and in 1992 qualified as a Police Bomb Technician.
Sergeant Bennie was the WA Police Bomb Scene Examination Capability Manager for many years representing WA within the Australia & New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC) and has been heavily involved in National Bomb Scene Examination training programs.
In 2006, Sergeant Bennie resigned from the WA Police and commenced 2.5 years of contract work in war-torn Iraq on behalf of the US Department of Defence and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, teaching policing skills and assisting to develop a Forensic Investigation capability (including mentoring police bomb technicians) as part of the Iraq reconstruction process; a critical step in the transition from policing in a Dictatorship to policing under the Rule of Law.
In 2009, Sergeant Bennie reengaged with the WA Police and resumed his role as the Bomb Scene Examination Capability Manager and also currently manages the Disaster Victim Identification requirements of the Forensic Division.
In 2013, Sergeant Bennie was involved in the forensic investigation of a high profile incident in Australind, Western Australia involving the recovery of packages of highly volatile homemade explosive material called Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP) from the Australind estuary and was also closely involved in the challenging court related issues that followed the arrest and charging of the person responsible for the manufacture of the product. It is on this topic that Sergeant Bennie will be speaking to ANZFSS WA.