Time to remember our officers who have fallen in the line of duty

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services

Time to remember our officers who have fallen in the line of duty

29 September 2021

Tasmania Police are committed to protecting the community every day and often have to put themselves in challenging and dangerous situations to perform their duties.

Today is National Police Remembrance Day and ceremonies will be held in Tasmania and around the country to honour officers who have fallen in the line of duty.

Tasmania is a safer place because of our brave men and women at Tasmania Police and we stand in solidarity to honour the brave officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our community.

The Tasmanian Government is proud to support our police force and all Tasmanians are urged to take a moment today to appreciate and recognise the vital and often dangerous, work they do to keep us all safe.

National Thank A Cop Day

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services

National Thank A Cop Day

19 September 2021

This week is Police Week, and today is National Thank A Cop Day – I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our current and past serving officers for the important work that they do in our community.

Tasmania Police work hard every day throughout the year to keep Tasmanians safe, and their bravery is to be commended, whether it is fighting crime, undertaking rescues or attending road emergencies.

Our police officers make many sacrifices, they are often called upon to selflessly put themselves in challenging situations, to be away from their families during important milestones, all for the sake of assisting and helping people that they do not know.

They are committed and dedicated to serve and protect our community.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is a strong supporter of our police, with significant investments into supporting officers in rural and remote Tasmania, our Health and Wellbeing program, upgraded police housing, new and upgraded police stations, and we are recruiting an additional 308 police officers to take Tasmania Police to its highest ever establishment.

Please take a moment to show your appreciation to our police officers for their commitment to protect and serve – at all times of the day or night and in all conditions, they are there for us.

Celebrating 50 years of the Police Vessel Vigilant

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Celebrating 50 years of the Police Vessel Vigilant

17 September 2021

The Tasmania Police vessel Vigilant is celebrating a momentous milestone marking 50 years since it first hit the waters to join the Tasmania Police vessel fleet.

Built by Tasmanian boat builder Ray Kemp in 1970 and completed in 1971, the PV Vigilant has a rich history and can often be seen patrolling waters across the State.

PV Vigilant played an integral role in the aftermath of the Tasman Bridge collapse, where it was used as a dive support vessel.

It was also used to search for the cargo ship Blythe Star when it was lost off Southwest Cape in 1973 and was involved in policing the Franklin River protests.

In 2006, the PV Vigilant towed the Lady Nelson to safety in Hobart when it had engine trouble in Storm Bay with a group of school children on board.

Whilst the Vigilant is still going strong, the Tasmanian Liberal Government is also investing $24.6 million to future proof police vessels for Tasmanian marine policing.

We recognise that our marine police officers undertake important roles in policing commercial and recreational marine activities.

The thirty-two police who are attached to Marine and Rescue Services statewide will soon have access to the brand new PV Dauntless, which will be operational before the end of this year.

50 years of continuous commercial operational service is a testament to the Vigilant’s design and construction, and we recognise the efforts of crew members and contractors who have managed and maintained the Vigilant to such a high standard.

Supporting the mental health of our first responders

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Supporting the mental health of our first responders

3 September 2021

The Department of Police Fire and Emergency Management’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy has been launched to guide the way we support the mental health and wellbeing of our emergency services workers, volunteers and their families.

We know that emergency services personnel are exposed to challenging incidents including being confronted by situations most of us are never likely to experience and this can impact their mental and physical health.

That’s why it is so important that we support those who keep Tasmanians safe by providing access to both proactive and responsive services to support their wellbeing.

The Strategy will guide the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management for the next five years, and includes supporting our personnel and their families as we know families too are affected by their loved ones wellbeing.

The Strategy’s vision is for positive mental health and wellbeing within the organisation so that people are mentally and physically fit, ready and capable to deliver high quality policing and emergency services for the community.

The latest Tasmanian Budget 2021-22 includes an additional $1.5 million for the Health and Wellbeing of emergency service personnel and volunteers, taking the total funding to $3 million per annum.

This additional funding will allow for additional services, such as psychologists and counselling, and ensure that all our emergency service personnel and volunteers are able to receive the support that they require from the Health and Wellbeing Program.

Continuing to keep Tasmanians safe

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Continuing to keep Tasmanians Safe

1 September 2021

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is investing $348 million over the Forward Estimates to Tasmania Police as part of our strong plan to keep Tasmanians safe.

In responding to the 2021-2022 Tasmanian Budget, Colin Riley, the President of the Police Association of Tasmania stated…“The Budget provides funding for all of the Government’s 2021 election commitments to our members and more.”

“We are very grateful for the care shown for our members which will result in increased service delivery and the safety of the Tasmanian community.”

This Government recognises that our Police do an incredible job in protecting our communities, and undertaking challenging and often confronting situations daily as part of their role.

The 2021-22 Tasmanian Budget includes $9.4 million to commence the recruitment of an additional 50 police officers over the next five years, bringing the total to 308 under this Liberal Government.

The Budget also delivers on our other election commitments, including:

  • $3 million towards the $6.5 million State Control Centre, to assist our police officers and State Servants who are working hard to protect our State from COVID-19;
  • $2.5 million over four years to employ eight additional State Service employees who will support police in roles such as prosecution, cybercrime and digital evidence analysis;
  • $20 million towards a new police station in St Helens and significant upgrades at the Bridgewater Police Station;
  • $3.6 million to construct a southern based SOG facility;
  • $2.4 million over 2 years to extend Tasmania’s electronic monitoring of family violence perpetrators, after the successful trial showed a 76 per cent decrease in high-risk family violence incidents, and a 100 per cent decrease in stalking; and
  • $9.6 million towards completing our $21.7 million program of police housing upgrades, delivering 49 new and renovated houses for police officers and their families stationed in remote and regional areas of Tasmania.

The Budget also invests $5.1 million for an Emergency Mental Health Co-Response Team that will improve the way that our services respond to critical mental health cases, while also investing:

  • $2.8 million to bolster our Large Vessel Replacement Program to deliver a world class replacement for the PV Van Diemen;
  • $13.1 million to get police out of courts in the North West of the State;
  • $100,000 over the next four years to Crime Stoppers to assist in delivering its programs; and a
  • $4 million grants program to allow local communities to purchase and install CCTV cameras.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government will continue to invest in Tasmania Police to ensure it can continue to keep all Tasmanians safe and secure Tasmania’s future.

Keeping our police officers on the beat in rural and regional communities

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Keeping our police officers on the beat in rural and regional communities

8 August 2021

The new Country Police Station Relief Policy has now commenced as part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s plan to keep Tasmanians safe.

In the upcoming 2021-22 Budget, the Government will provide funding of $10.6 million over four years to fully fund the Policy which provides a consistent state-wide approach to relieving our officers in regional and remote communities.

We know that Tasmania is one of the safest places to live and our crime rates are reflective of this, and this new Policy will enhance response and service provision for our remote and rural communities.

It will also ensure that there is a consistent statewide approach to relieving our officers in regional and remote communities when they take leave.

Tasmania Police has 25 police stations that are deemed rural or remote including Richmond, Nubeena, Dunalley, Orford, Triabunna, Swansea, Bicheno, Oatlands, Liawenee, Bothwell and Kempton, Maydena, Hamilton, Bushy Park, St Mary’s, Fingal, Dover, Geeveston, Cygnet, Woodbridge, Rosebery, Zeehan, Waratah, Strahan, Alonnah.

Measures like this complement the Government’s strong commitment to boosting our police numbers to the highest number in Tasmania Police’s history, supporting our officers mental health and wellbeing and ensuring they have the resources available to keep our communities safe.

Police Radio Dispatch and Combined Emergency Services Training Centre officially opened

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Police Radio Dispatch and Combined Emergency Services Training Centre officially opened

13 July 2021

Tasmania Police’s new $2 million Radio Dispatch Centre has been officially opened as part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s plan to keep Tasmanians safe.

The RDS processes on average over 1500 emergency and inquiry calls a day, and had occupied the same workspace for more than 30 years since the original opening in July 1990.

We want to be able to provide our hard-working and high-quality RDS staff with best-practice technology and equipment and the new upgrade allows us to do that.

Funding was supplied via our $567 million TasGRN project, with the floor that RDS occupies redeveloped to create a new space for RDS operations together with development of a business continuity and training site specifically for Ambulance and Fire.

The site also provides a space for the invaluable training of other agencies involved in the TasGRN project such as SES, Sustainable Timber Tasmania, Hydro, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Tas Networks.

State of the art, ultra-wide screen monitors have been installed in the new centre, which allow for seamless vision of all of the required computer applications associated with taking emergency calls and dispatching units.

The new layout also allows for the emergency call takers, emergency dispatchers and call support operators to work as a team to collectively receive, triage and allocate in a seamless process.

Multiple CCTV traffic cameras across Tasmania are also connected to provide visual information on evolving situations and resource movement. 

I would like to thank all of our hardworking and dedicated emergency services personnel who work around the clock to keep our community safe.

First Female Tasmania Police Deputy Commissioner Appointed

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

First Female Tasmania Police Deputy Commissioner Appointed
13 July  2021

I am delighted to announce that Donna Adams has been appointed Deputy Commissioner of Tasmania Police bringing three decades of leadership experience across all levels of policing.

Ms Adams is the first woman to be appointed to the rank of Deputy Commissioner within Tasmania Police – 104 years after women were first permitted to join the force in Tasmania.

After starting as a constable, her most recent roles include Deputy Secretary of DPFEM and Assistant Commissioner of Police.

With a Masters of Policing and 34-years’ experience in policing, I am confident Ms Adams will make a valuable contribution to keeping Tasmanians safe in the new role.

Donna has been acting in the role of Deputy Commissioner for the last few months and will formally commence on 23 July after the retirement of Deputy Commissioner Scott Tilyard.