SA Police Union To Demand More Tasers And Harm Minimisation Measures Over Compensation Changes

Police will demand funding for more Tasers and covert body armour if the South Australian Government does not support moves to protect officers from its controversial Return to Work scheme, the police union says.

The Police Association of SA (PASA) said it would also demand money to boost security at its stations against terror attacks, increase CCTV coverage, and run dedicated beat patrols in entertainment districts with a minimum of three police officers after 6 PM.



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President Mark Carroll said the increased harm “minimisation” measures were in response to the State Government’s Return to Work Act, which comes into force on July 1, 2016.

It means payments to injured workers will cease after two years unless their injuries are deemed “catastrophic” and constitute a 30 percent whole person impairment.

Mr Carroll argued the changes would unfairly cap medical benefits for officers seriously injured in the line of duty.

He called on the Government to support an amendment to the Police Act proposed by Family First MLC Robert Brokenshire that would provide a different compensation arrangement for police officers.

“We will have to minimise the risk of injury if we don’t have appropriate compensation arrangement for our members who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our communities,” he said.

“The game is changing.”

Mr Carroll said if the Government did not support the bill, it would ask it to “provide additional resources for changes to police work practice so as to minimize risks to police officers”.

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