New specialist officers will tackle domestic violence
QUEENSLAND police will be better placed to deal with domestic and family violence following the announcement of 24 new specialist domestic and family violence co-ordinators across the state.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the new, specially-trained officer as part of the wider roll-out of 400 new police over four years.
"Everyone in Queensland has a right to be safe and a right to feel safe," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"My Government has worked hard to address domestic and family violence and its causes.
"These co-ordinators were a recommendation of the Not Now, Not Ever report.
"Part of their roles includes education and training to operational police and helping other government and non-government agencies address domestic violence-related issues.
"This will add to the existing 30 specialist domestic and family violence co-ordinators meaning there will be 54 across the state."
Police Minister Mark Ryan said the Queensland Police Service would continue to ensure officers were trained to deal with domestic and family and violence.
"Too often police need to respond to domestic and family incidents," Mr Ryan said.
"These specialist officers will help ensure police and staff in government and non-government agencies have the appropriate training to deal with these issues in an appropriate manner."
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the new specialist police were the latest action to improve the response to domestic and family violence.
"Police right across our state work hard every single day to ensure all Queenslanders are safe," she said.
"When women make the brave decision to go to the Police for help it is important that a specialist officer can better guide the response.
"These officers will help to connect them with other agencies and government departments who are all trying to tackle domestic and family violence in our society.
"Domestic and family violence is completely unacceptable.
"Providing police the right resources like access to specially trained staff means our frontline services will be better equipped."