Welcoming Tasmania Police’s newest recruits
Two new Firearms and Explosive Detector Dogs are ready to begin their careers in Tasmania.
The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to keeping Tasmanians safe, and the Dog Handlers Unit is an important part of that.
The young Golden Labradors, Olson and Quinn, passed their eight-week course with flying colours, and will perform a vital service for police.
This will allow current Explosive Detector Dog Cassie to enjoy a well-earned retirement after her eight-year service. She worked mainly in freight, passenger and vehicle inspections at the Spirit of Tasmania.
Given both Olson and Quinn passed their courses, despite the usual success rate being only 50 per cent, Tasmania Police has been able to increase the capacity of its Dog Handling Unit.
It now includes four Drug Detector Dogs and the two new Firearms and Explosive Detector Dogs.
The Tasmanian Government is investing heavily in police to keep Tasmanians safe. We are employing 125 more police in the next three-and-a-half years, after already increasing the number of police by 113 in our first term of Government.
As the Liberal Majority Government continues to increase police numbers, I today heartily congratulate the newest Police Constable graduates, who begin their careers next week.
We welcome the 20 recruits – eleven women and nine men, who have completed a rigorous 28-week course at the Police Academy and three weeks of practical experience in various stations around the state. 7 new constables will be stationed at Launceston, 8 at Hobart, 3 at Devonport and 2 at Burnie.
Continuing Industrial action ordered by ANMF bosses is impacting on patient care and is unacceptable.
Today we have seen action to disrupt surgery at the Launceston General Hospital, and last week patient care was directly undermined by nurses at the Royal Hobart Hospital who refused to staff surgical theatres.
Tasmania Police will be out in force this holiday season with Operation Crossroads again targeting dangerous driving behaviours. We want everyone to have a safe and happy festive season and stay safe on our roads.
This is the time of year when people are driving to and from Christmas parties, functions and family events, which means more vehicles on our roads and lots of distractions. read more…
The Hodgman Liberal Government values the contribution of our 5500 emergency service volunteers in keeping Tasmania safe. That’s why we have provided an injection of $2 million over four years for volunteer Tasmania Fire Service brigades and State Emergency Service units.
The extra funding sets up a grants system – the Emergency Volunteer Support Fund – to apply for non-essential equipment, training, recruitment and engagement activities and station upgrades. read more…
The latest AIHW report shows elective surgery average waiting times in Tasmania are the lowest they’ve been in five years.*
It also highlights an improvement for the longest waiting patients. In fact, Tasmania is now better than average and in the top four in the nation.#
This is driven by Tasmania having the highest per capita rate of surgery of any state or territory in Australia. This shows our additional funding for elective is working to reduce waiting times. read more…