Working together to protect our future
 
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POLICING THE NEW NORMAL IT COMES DOWN TO NUMBERS

With 2021 kicking off in much the same way we left 2020, it is safe to assume our way of life, and the policing environment, has changed for the foreseeable future.

As we have seen interstate, it only takes one person to shut down entire suburbs, council districts or cities, so we must remain as attentive as possible in the COVID era.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR OUR POLICE?

It means ongoing sacrifice, and decision making which impacts not only themselves, but also their families. At a moments notice, our members can be directed to assist in shutting down borders, securing remote communities, and putting themselves on the frontline of an invisible enemy.

At the height of the initial response to the pandemic, we saw widespread leave cancelled, rosters changed, and members locked down to remote communities along with their families. While this has occurred previously during climatic events such as cyclones and floods, this was different, with no end date in sight.

The Government agreed to a one-off boost in the budget of $20M in July 2020 to assist border protection, including 66 additional frontline Constables. These recruits are now in training and will be a welcome boost to the stretched frontline.

In reality though, the threat is here for the long term, the threat that at anytime we could be back in lockdown, with police on our borders and biosecurity zones re-established. As is generally the case, the government look to the blue unform to take the lead.

Several interstate police forces have recognised this, with heavy recruitment campaigns underway to boost frontline capability. The Government cannot afford to be complacent in their commitment to policing resources and must commit to ensuring the 66 positions funded for COVID are ongoing, in addition to exceeding regular attrition.

Anything less will leave us once again underprepared for the next wave, a situation the community, and our members, cannot afford.