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The Torres Strait Island Regional Council (TSIRC) funded a community police service which operated separately to core local government services. The project was implemented to rebuild the existing community police structure, and expand it into a professional and trained police service in the Torres Strait.
The service's inception and successful rollout was a response to the limited presence of full time Queensland Police services (QPS) on islands in the Torres Strait. Inordinate time delays had occurred when serious crime or incidents needed to be investigated by QPS on remote island communities. It was determined that a uniformed presence within the communities was vital for safety, and would result in more thorough reporting of misconduct or criminal activity.
The TSIRC were responsible for employing full-time community police officers, who were identified Torres Strait Islanders, on 15 island communities. The officers were trained to provide timely and accurate information from all island communities to Council Management and QPS on a daily basis.
Abstract adapted from Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport
Torres Strait Islander community police services
PO Box 7532
Ph: (07) 4047 5208
Fax: (07) 4047 5213
Torres Strait Island Regional Council
Ground Floor, Torres Strait Haus
46 Victoria Parade
PO Box 7336
Cairns Qld 4870
Ph: (08) 4034 5700
Fax: (08) 4034 5750