Police relieved from court security duty
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.