Legislative Council: Wednesday, October 18, 2023


Operation Paragon

In reply to the Hon. T.A. FRANKS ().31 August 2023).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services has advised:

Since the expansion of the Declared Public Precinct commencing on 11 July 2023 there have been no persons sentenced to imprisonment for an offence against part 14B of the Summary Offences Act 1953 (SOA).

Since 11 July 2023, police have reported interactions with 210 persons where authorities under part 14B of the SOA were utilised and 24 persons have been arrested, with 25 charges laid.

Of the 24 persons arrested and charged, 15 persons were diverted from the court and the matters have been finalised by way of adult or youth caution. Nine matters are currently pending before the court.