Prisoner Transport Dispute Activity Log

26 November 2018 Circular No. 44 IRC Success - Prisoner Transport Read Circular...
27 October 2018 Circular No. 41 IRC Prisoner Transport Recommendations Read Circular...
28 June 2018 The Armidale Express - ARMIDALE Regional Council will push the state government to stop diverting local police away from regular duties to transport prisoners.  Read More...
22 June 2018 Circular No. 26 Prisoner Transport Dispute Read Circular...
25 May 2018 Circular No.21 Prisoner Transport Meetings and IRC Conciliation Read Circular...
24 May 2018 Prisoner transport bid gets Tenterfield council support Read More...
14 May 2018 Northern Daily Leader - Armidale branch of the NSW Police Association calls for end to prisoner escorts, arguing frontline resourcing putting New England towns at risk Read More...
26 April 2018 Circular No.18 Prisoner Transport Meetings and IRC Conciliation Read Circular...
26 April 2018 Nemesis Message re CAD data request Prisoner Transport  Read More...
11 April 2018  Philip Donato MP Private Members' Statement re New South Wales Policing Read More...
11 April 2018

Philip Donato MP Question in NSW Parliament re Prisoner Transport. Reply from Attorney General, Mark Speakman MP 

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10 April 2018 WIN News Central West Prisoner Transport Story - includes comments from Police Minister Troy Grant MP Click here to watch
9 April 2018 Circular No. 16 Prisoner Transport Conciliation Update Read More...
30 March 2018 Branch Activity - Prisoner Transport Easter Long-Weekend Read More...
29 March 2018 Questions and Answers Read More...
27 March 2018

Circular No. 15 Prisoner Transport Dispute Update
As outlined in our Circular dated 17 March 2018, the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) has ordered compulsory conciliation between your Association and the NSW Police Force, in relation to the dispute around the transportation of prisoners by police officers. Your Association met with the Chief Commissioner of the IRC and requested an urgent conciliation date be set for the parties to continue to conciliate and negotiate this dispute.

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Prisoner Transport Win

Your Association is pleased to report the success achieved during the Prisoner Transport Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) proceedings where, through a Recommendation issued from the IRC, and continued pressure applied by your Association, the following trials and protocols will be implemented as follows:

1). Newcastle Region Pilot – CSNSW undertaking more prisoner transports 7 January 19
For the duration of the pilot period, CSNSW have committed to expanding their operations in and around Newcastle with CSNSW officers undertaking many of the prisoner transport movements that were usually undertaken by police. The Newcastle pilot will also include CSNSW assisting with Section 33 Mental Health (Forensic Provision) Act 1990 transports. Further details will be provided to the affected Police Districts early December 2018.

2). Central West Police District Trial – Immediate Revised operating model for prisoner transports
The Commissioner of Police has agreed to conducting a prisoner transport trial at the Parkes sector of the Central-West Police District. This trial will involve the movement of prisoners, beyond their first Court appearance, using police on paid overtime.

3). Trial other Police Districts – First Response officers not to be used
The Commissioner of Police has agreed that for the remaining Police Districts, the movement of prisoners by police, beyond their first Court appearance, that were already being undertaken by Police, will be undertaken using non-First Response officers if they are available and, in their absence, police on overtime. This trial commences immediately.

4). Section 33 Mental Health Transports 3 December 2018 (in agreed locations only)
Commencing 3 December 2018, CSNSW have committed to a pilot of transporting defendants who are the subject of an order pursuant to Section 33 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990, when the defendant is in their custody at either Surry Hills, Amber Laurel or an agreed Correctional Centre (where AVL is installed) and the order is made by way of AVL. Amendments have been made to the Legislation enabling CSNSW to undertake these transports.

The above pilots and trials are a significant win for the PANSW and its Members in reducing the burden of prisoner transports on front line policing. Your Association will continue progressing this matter in the IRC with ongoing mapping and local arrangements being reviewed, which will continue to be discussed and debated during the proceedings. 

Tony King

President


 Circulars: see attached below