There seems to be some confusion amongst some Duty Officers and Police District OICs regarding our FRPA Breach Form for Prisoner Transportation, over this long weekend.
In no particular order these are some of the queries answered.
Feel free to share this information with any of your branches, and it will also be loaded onto the Prisoner Transport Activity Log. Send any more queries attention to me.
1. How is a car leaving the area a breach?
Answer: Because then there is not “an acceptable level of First Response policing services to deal with call for assistance in a timely manner”, ‘acceptable levels of staff will be rostered and maintained on each shift to attend to First Response Policing.’
Also refer to Remote and Isolated policy, ‘staff responsible for providing back-up are on air, monitoring radio traffic and able to respond’.
2. First response policing is about providing a minimum of staff for a shift.
Answer: Minimum shift staffing levels were superseded on 29th April 1997. The FRPA focus is on General Duties first mobile response capability as opposed to support or ancillary functions. Ass Com Evan 1998.
3. If a crew have to attend a job and transport a prisoner it is not an FRPA breach.
Answer: FRPA CAD codes do not include, 018 – convey prisoner, or 053 - Convey schedule, both priority 5s are not FRPA jobs. We will however transport in accordance with LEPRA, to the nearest Police station or other authorised place, when a person is taken into custody. We will also as a rule convey Form 7 and s.25s.
4. We could be breached is crews get stuck at crime scenes?
Answer: Yes that is correct. 095- Guard Duty, priority 4, is not a FRPA job.
5. The Association agreed to remove breaches of FRPA some time ago when negotiating previous pay deals.
Answer: absolutely untrue.
6. It would appear the Association is indicating that if a Police District is sitting on a rostered FRPA, with no 'extra' staff rostered above its FRPA, and a crew is to be diverted from their core duties to transport prisoners, then this would be considered to be a breach of the FRPA.
Answer: If you arrest an offender and convey them back to the police station, this form of prisoner transport is contemplated in the FRPA and the associated CAD jobs.
Conveying prisoners after charging, to court, to correctional centres or to mental health facilities for s33 assessment are not first response jobs, the CAD codes don’t count toward first response figures and much of it is, as outlines in our campaign, not actually police work.
If conveying a prisoner in those circumstances takes the number of remaining vehicles below the number on the FRPA, then it is a breach of the agreement. The essence of the agreement is to ensure sufficient police are available to respond to call for assistance from the community.