A planned restructure of SA Police, which has come under fire from the Police Association, must not be hijacked by the Weatherill Labor Government's Police budget cuts, according to the State Liberals.
"Any restructure of police must be focused on improving operational outcomes for better public safety, not on cost-cutting," said Shadow Police Minister John Gardner.
The State Liberals have introduced amendments to strengthen the Weatherill Labor Government's Extended Supervision Orders (ESO) legislation in Parliament this week.
The Government has introduced a Bill to create Extended Supervision Orders, whereby certain offenders considered to be at a high risk of re-offending have supervision orders placed on them at the conclusion of their sentence.
The Weatherill Labor Government's refusal to admit that it will not meet its "Recruit 300" election promise was ridiculed today in Parliament, with comparisons made to Monty Python's sketch in which the shopkeeper maintains that the dead parrot is alive despite all evidence to the contrary.
Prison overcrowding in South Australia has become so frequent that Police Commissioner Gary Burns has asked for reimbursement of costs borne by SA Police when police cells were used by Corrections to manage prison overcrowding.
Mr Burns told Parliament's Budget and Finance Committee this week that he has written to David Brown, the head of SA's Corrections Department, asking for reimbursement.
Shadow Minister for Police, Corrections and Justice John Gardner will travel extensively across the Riverland and Mallee during a two day tour of the region on March 10 and 11.
Hosted by Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone, Mr Gardner will meet with a number of community members, including local Neighbourhood Watch representatives and he will also speak with stakeholders around important issues within his Shadow portfolios, such as domestic violence.
The Weatherill Government came under fire in Question Time today after revelations by Police Commissioner Gary Burns that the overflow of prisoners into police cells was starting “to impact on police operations”.