House of Assembly: Wednesday, April 10, 2024


CBD Police Resources

Mr TELFER (Flinders) (14:40): Supplementary: can the minister specify where these additional police resources have been shifted from to serve in the CBD?

The Hon. J.K. SZAKACS (Cheltenham—Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services) (14:40): The characterisation that they have been shifted from anywhere is not a reflection of the operational deployment that has been made. They have not been shifted from anywhere. I will, as best I can, respond to the member's question.

Members interjecting:

The SPEAKER: Order!

The Hon. J.K. SZAKACS: They have simply not been shifted from anywhere, so the characterisation of that question is one that is both difficult to respond to but also wrong in its proposition. The resources are from the existing eastern districts. As I noted in my previous answer, they are from additional operational support units within South Australia Police, including the SRS, including the Mounted Operations Unit, including the Dog Operations Unit and also other specialist operational units.

I will not be delving into the hour-by-hour deployment of those FTE on the ground because the advice that I have received from the police commissioner is that it is inappropriate to do so from an operational safety perspective, but I have, and South Australia Police have, indicated the suite of additional resourcing support that has been provided. Again, I reiterate in response to the member's question that they have not been shifted or taken.