Po­lice re­lieved from court se­cu­rity duty

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

THE Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion of Tas­ma­nia has hailed a move by the State Gov­ern­ment to re­place uni­formed po­lice with cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers as se­cu­rity at Launce­s­ton Supreme Court.

New Cor­rec­tions Min­is­ter Elise Archer said the Gov­ern­ment would re­move po­lice from court du­ties, with the Tas­ma­nia Prison Ser­vice to im­me­di­ately re­cruit six new cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers in their place.

“[They] will as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity from Tas­ma­nia Po­lice for court se­cu­rity and pris­oner trans­port in the Launce­s­ton Supreme Court,” Ms Archer said.

“This . . . will mean up to six ex­tra po­lice of­fi­cers per day are free to pa­trol the streets and keep the com­mu­nity safe.”

Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Pat Allen said: “This is a great de­ci­sion, if long over­due, al­low­ing po­lice to get back onto the streets of Launce­s­ton where they are needed.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion has been cam­paign­ing for this for the past 25 years.”

Mr Allen said that po­lice may still be re­quired from time to time to act as se­cu­rity for higher-pro­file court tri­als in Launce­s­ton.

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