Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Number of Police in the APY Lands
The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: Forgive me if the minister has already stated this, but I am not sure that he did. He has given us the number of police currently on the APY lands, but what is that up from? In other words, how big an increase is this resourcing?
The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS (Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety): Travelling around the APY lands, I have had the opportunity to speak with the police officer who used to be the sole police officer. There was a period when there was only one active sworn FTE responsible for the whole of the APY lands, which is an extraordinary distance and area. So, there used to be at one point only one, and now it has, like I said, been ramped up to 20 on the lands plus the five FTEs just outside in Marla.