Police Recruitment


Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:30): My question is to the Minister for Police. Will the government meet its commitment taken to the last two elections to deliver an extra 313 sworn police officers over and above the 2010 numbers?

The Hon. A. PICCOLO (Light Minister for Disabilities, Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety) (14:30): I get regularly briefed on this matter and, in fact, I answer this question after each graduation ceremony. The most recent briefing I have received from SAPOL was that we are on line to recruit. That is the advice I have received.

Members interjecting:

The Hon. A. PICCOLO: No, sorry.

An honourable member interjecting:

The Hon. A. PICCOLO: We are on track, on line, to recruit the additional police.

The SPEAKER: The leader has long been on a second warning.

The SPEAKER: Please.

Mr GARDNER: A supplementary question: does the minister stand by the commitment made to the people of South Australia that there will be '300 more police' on the beat? Members interjecting:

The SPEAKER: The member for Kavel is called to order.

The Hon. A. PICCOLO: At least I have the opportunity to find the right page with the answers.

Members interjecting:

The Hon. A. PICCOLO: You have to read out the questions. The most recent advice that I have received� and I will just confirm� is that we are on line with the commitment we have made, on track with the commitment we have made.

Mr GARDNER: My question is to the Minister for Police. Does the minister accept the evidence of Mr Denis Patriarca, the Director of Business Services at SA Police, given to the Budget and Finance Committee earlier this month, that in the 2017-18 year there will 4,421.1 sworn police officers, 36 community constables and 188 cadets� a total of 4,645 officers including cadets?

The Hon. A. PICCOLO: I would need to confirm that exact figure. I do not have it before me. I will be happy to get back to the member.

An honourable member interjecting:

The SPEAKER: The member for Wright is called to order.

Mr GARDNER: My question is again to the Minister for Police. By what measure will there be 300 more police on our streets as was promised to the people of South Australia at the last two elections? In 2010, there were 4,367 sworn police officers. SAPOL says that there will be 4,421 in 2017-18 at the end of the term of the promise� that is just 54 more� and you promised 313.

The SPEAKER: The member for Schubert is warned a second and final time.

The Hon. A. PICCOLO: I have nothing to add to my earlier answers.