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Queensland Government Rejects Petition for a New Police Facility In Brisbane’s South East


Nearly five hundred citizens petitioned the Queensland government to allocate more funding and resources to set-up a Police Station or a Police Beat at Victoria Point to help improve security in the fast growing region.

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Welcome to the NSW Police Force: 131 Probationary Constables Sworn In

A total of 131 new probationary constables were sworn into the NSW Police Force this morning.

The students of “Class 325” of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice attested at the NSW Police Academy at Goulburn today, Friday August 21.

The Commissioner was joined by the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), to inspect the new recruits on the parade ground.

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NSW Police Association To Lodge Concerns With Industrial Relations

The Mudgee Branch of the Police Association (PANSW) has voted to lodge concerns over station staffing numbers with the Industrial Relations Commission.

The association met with members on Friday to discuss the First Response Policing agreement following previously unsuccessful negotiations to resolve rostering concerns at Mudgee Police Station.

The Association’s executive member for Western NSW, Sue Rose, said the branch is seeking assurances that a supervisor and station officer will be rostered and maintained 24-hours a day in accordance with policy. 

“What we’re asking for is the minimum number of supervisors, which is one in most country areas,” Ms Rose said.

Read more in the Mudgee Guardian.

Civilians To Staff South Australia Police Cells

Civilians will guard prisoners in police cells to save money and free up officers for the “frontline”, says SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens.

Security guards will take over 42 custodial management roles in police stations, he told a parliamentary committee hearing on Monday.

“Civilianisation of positions…provides benefits in terms of budget savings, but it also means that we use highly trained operational police officers for the function that we need them to be performing,” he later told reporters.

Civilian solicitors are already being trialled in SAPOL’s legal service.

But he said he had “no intention” of privatising any part of the police force.

Read more in The Australian.

Source: www.theaustralian.com.au

Ed – perhaps this is not the best decision.

Queensland Ditches Plan To Use Civilians For Watch Houses And Prisoner Transports

Hundreds of police could be put back on the front line and up to $20 million saved each year under a new watch-house model that has been mothballed by the State Government. The Sunday Mail can reveal Labor has shelved plans to shift responsibility for watch-houses and prisoner transport from police to corrections officers despite “big long-term benefits”.

The Queensland Police Union wants officers to retain watch-houses. President Ian Leavers yesterday said “lives would be lost” if civilians were in control.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said police “actually run the watch-houses leaner than what Corrective Services are able to under their current policies”.

Read more in Courier Mail (with a grain or two of salt).

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

Axe or Baseball Bat: Extremely Stressful Choices Between Emergency Family Violence Calls

One assailant was armed with a baseball bat. The other was wielding an axe. The two desperate phone calls concerning family violence came through to a police sergeant at a busy Melbourne station at the same time.

The sergeant didn’t have two divisional vans to send out and had an unenviable choice to make.

Choosing between emergency calls for which you haven’t enough officers is the stressful consequence for police of a rise in family violence.

Police and their union say officers are making choices like this almost every day when it comes to family violence situations.

A newly released survey conducted by The Victorian Police Association has found family violence now takes up an estimated 70 per cent of a frontline officer’s shift.

Read more in The Age.

Source: www.theage.com.au

Police officers are finding family violence “soul-destroying” and say they are not equipped to handle it. Photo: Jason South

More Lockdowns in WA’s Casuarina Max Security Prison Could Trigger Riots

Casuarina Prison inmates are to be locked down for longer and forgo rehabilitation programs under new staff roster procedures the Government admits could trigger a riot if mismanaged.

A leaked prison memo dated this month shows the Department of Corrective Services wants to reduce its overtime bill at the maximum security prison by altering each day’s operations “in keeping with the number of staff who actually report for duty”.

A DCS spokeswoman said overtime had not been banned and any “adaptive routine” was only implemented after appropriate risk assessment.

Read more in The West Australian.

Source: au.news.yahoo.com

Halls Gap Police Station Now Staffed With Two Senior Officers

Halls Gap Police Station is now fully staffed, with two senior Victoria Police officers having settled in well to their new roles.

The station is staffed by Sergeant Scott Olsen and Senior Constable Kellie Harris. Sgt Olsen arrives in Halls Gap following a stint at Mildura, while S/C Harris has been based at Stawell and has been filling in for some time at Halls Gap.

Read more in The Stawell Times.

Source: www.stawelltimes.com.au

WA Police Minister Announces “Significant Boost” For Broome Police

Broome is set to get an extra 20 police officers this year, boosting the force by nearly a third.

The announcement was made by Police Minister Liza Harvey and WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan during a public conference yesterday to officially launch the Turning Point program.

The additional staffing will include 15 general police officers and five detectives, bringing the total number of officers based in Broome to about 60.

The extra officers are expected to arrive by Christmas.

Read more in The West Australian.

Source: au.news.yahoo.com

Mount Isa District Police Superintendent Supports Moving Comms Centre To Townsville

Mount Isa District Police Superintendent Russell Miller said the removal of the station’s communication centre to Townsville is a positive if the local district receives six additional police officers.

Local junior police officers will not have to be shoved into vacant radio operator roles if the station’s communication centre was closed and moved to Townsville. 

Police Superintendent Russell Miller said staff will increase at the station as a result of the centre’s closure, therefore he was in support of the government’s decision.  

The closure of the centre would remove five administrative roles but the station had been promised six extra officers.

Read more in The North West Star.

Source: www.northweststar.com.au