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Source: State of Tasmania Government

18 November 2020

Mark Shelton, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

There is no greater supporter of our police and emergency service workers and volunteers than the Tasmanian Liberal Government, with this year’s State Budget continuing to invest in the infrastructure and modern technology needed to keep Tasmanians safe.

We know that recruiting additional police is one of the most important ways of not just keeping Tasmanians safe, but also keeping police officers safe from the threat of physical and mental harm.

That’s why the 2020-21 State Budget includes $8.9 million to employ an additional 20 police officers over four years to support Tasmania’s COVID-19 response capacity in areas such as quarantine checking, compliance and assessment.

Following their COVID response responsibilities, the additional officer numbers will transition to become full time Special Operations Group (SOG) positions, which are highly trained and equipped to respond to a wide range of security situations and can be deployed during high-risk policing incidents.

These additional 20 police officers are in addition to the 125 police officers being recruited over the term of the Government, which is in stark contrast to the previous Labor Government who sacked 108 police officers.

In the Budget, we are also investing $46 million for the next stage of Project Unify, an initiative designed to deliver an integrated and sophisticated ICT system which enables Tasmania Police to better respond to and solve crime.

More than $17 million will also be invested in a comprehensive package of mitigation initiatives to keep Tasmanians safe from the threat of bushfires, which includes 31 new positions at the Tasmania Fire Service.

The 2020-21 State Budget builds on the important work we have already done to keep Tasmanians safe from the impacts of crime and threat of bushfires, and includes more resources than ever to respond when needed.