NSW Police Association members call on prisoner transport reform

Billy Jupp

The region’s police officers have renewed calls for change with prisoner transport as the impacts of time away from the station flow onto the community.

Led by the NSW Police Association, the calls are to shift responsibility for prisoner transport back to NSW Corrective Services to allow police more time to serve their areas and less time transporting prisoners.

Across the region, officers are tasked with escorting prisoners to and from court and to jail, taking them away their regular duties.

Police Association executive member Sergeant Michael Buko said the community’s support would be needed to influence change.

“Cops should be out there doing their job, not out there transporting people around as a taxi service,” Sergeant Buko said.

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