New OHS Laws to Affect Policing in Tasmania

Senior Constable Pat Allen, recently elected as head of the Tasmanian Police Association, has said that the changes to OHS laws that will be in force next year from January 1, will have a significant impact on how the police do their job.

He said that instead of officers on the street being responsible for their own safety it will revert to senior management meaning that the Association will focus more on operational safety and management will be looking and how things are done and by who.

The difficulty with this, SC Pat Allen said, was that with ongoing budget cuts and redundancies, 160 hours overtime a fortnight was becoming common for police.

He said that he felt sympathy for management who were operating with tighter budgets but that the police force needs to be quarantined where possible as the first line of public safety.