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Torres Strait Island community police services



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


Project officer
PO Box 7532
Cairns QLD
Ph: (07) 4047 5208
Fax: (07) 4047 5213
Email: jess.james@tsirc.qld.gov.au

Torres Strait Island Regional Council
Ground Floor, Torres Strait Haus
46 Victoria Parade
PO Box 501
Thursday Island QLD 4875
Ph: (08) 4048 6200
Fax: (08) 4069 1868
Email: info@tsirc.qld.gov.au


Last updated: 25 March 2014
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