THE police union has slammed the Support to the Frontline strategy as a ``complete failure'' after Tasmania Police implemented it earlier this year.
The strategy aimed to more efficiently use available resources, including police officers from other areas, to bolster front line services.
Police Association of Tasmania President Pat Allen said concerns from members included a total of lack of consistent implementation of the strategy across the state.
``It's a complete mess,'' Constable Allen said.
``These are senior members talking to us.
``We have tried to be supportive but it is just not working.
``There is simply not enough staff to do the job.''
Acting Assistant Commissioner Geoff Smith said it was important that all police officers maintained a standard of operational readiness, including those who usually worked in support areas.
``The Support to the Frontline Strategy was not intended to replace numbers, but to provide additional frontline support so members can continue to deliver an effective, efficient and quality policing service to the Tasmania community,'' he said.
``We have always acknowledged that we cannot do more with less.
``The strategy aims to ensure the department has the right resources to support our people as they respond to policing needs.''