State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall will today use his address at the Police Association Annual Conference to call on the Weatherill Labor Government to immediately make body-worn cameras available for all SAPOL officers.
If the Weatherill Labor Government has not introduced body-worn cameras by for SAPOL officers by the next election, then a Marshall Liberal Government will.
Body worn cameras are a useful policing tool - they collect evidence at the scene of a crime, protect the wearer from false claims of impropriety and increase the likelihood of a conviction.
The State Liberals understand that a number of SAPOL officers have already purchased their own devices because of the Weatherill Labor Government’s inaction.
“Interstate governments have already trialled and are introducing these devices, so it’s time to bring South Australia in line with other states,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“We want to embrace the best modern technology has to offer in making South Australia a safer, better policed state.
“Policing is a unique and challenging job and we should be providing our police officers with the support and resources they need.”
The State Liberals have also announced today that they will oppose any attempt to abolish the Police Disciplinary Tribunal and transfer its functions to the SA Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
“Police officers continually put themselves at risk serving the community and deserve a hearing before a specialist tribunal when disciplinary matters arise,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“It is not appropriate for police disciplinary matters to be dealt with alongside residential tenancies disputes, land valuation challenges and guardianship matters.
“The Police Disciplinary Tribunal is best placed to ensure police officers receive a fair and informed hearing when disciplinary matters arise.
“If Labor won’t withdraw its plan to abolish the Police Disciplinary Tribunal, we’ll move to block it in the Parliament.”