Commissioner Stevens Announces Boost to Police Resources, South Australia

first_imgCommissioner Stevens Announces Boost to Police Resources, South Australia Police officers will return to frontline operational duties under a bold plan supported by the South Australian Government, which will see an additional 114 fully trained Protective Security Officers (PSO) deployed to medi-hotels. SA Police is now recruiting for these roles.Commissioner of Police Grant Stevens said the protracted requirement to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly stretched SAPOL’s existing workforce and this new initiative brings with it a welcome relief.“I have been holding discussions with government about the impacts of COVID-19 on our workforce for some time. I have been very pleased with the response received, allowing us to deliver this initiative,” Commissioner Stevens said.The South Australian Government has committed $23.6 million over two years, which will enable 168 PSOs to be dedicated to COVID-19 response duties. This funding will see police officers released from medi-hotels and returned to their substantive policing roles.The unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on SAPOL as an organisation, especially those who deliver frontline services.“SAPOL’s efforts to ease pressure on frontline police began in 2020. Talks with government have now seen funding secured for 54 additional PSOs who have now all been deployed on COVID-19 response duties,” Commissioner Stevens said.“This was in addition to securing government funding for 72 extra police officers, some of whom have already been deployed to policing duties, while others are currently finalising recruit training. This next step is a very positive move by government.”A career as a PSO is challenging, rewarding and contributes to South Australia’s counter terrorism strategies, as well as community safety. In this role, the primary function is to maintain the security of government facilities, public officials and the community. PSOs are also deployed to SAPOL COVID-19 operations in duties commensurate with their training and qualifications. The training course is nine weeks, and it’s paid.If you are interested in becoming a Protective Security Officer, find out more about the role, and apply at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/join-us/achievemore/apply /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Australian Government, career, Commissioner, community, covid-19, Government, pandemic, police, SA, SAPOL, security, South Australia, South Australia Police, terrorism, workforcelast_img read more