THE state opposition has failed to confirm if it will restore police numbers to what they were before government cuts, despite the police union yesterday condemning the force's Support to the Frontline Strategy.
The strategy, introduced earlier this year, aimed to more efficiently use available resources, including police officers from other areas, to bolster frontline services.
Police Association of Tasmania president Pat Allen said the strategy was a "complete failure" and had been inconsistently implemented statewide.
"We have been slashed by the Labor-Green government and don't have the people to either fill the gaps or do the job, no matter what the strategy is called," Constable Allen said.
"We are about to enter the busiest policing months - what are they going to dream up next?"
Acting Assistant Commissioner Geoff Smith said arrangements from support area to support area differed, depending upon the work type and staffing levels.
"Managers are given discretion to employ the strategy that best serves their work area and the area that they are supporting," he said.
Opposition police spokeswoman Elise Archer said the Liberals shared the union's concerns about the police cuts jeopardising community safety.
But when asked if her party would restore police numbers to what they were before the cuts, Ms Archer said more details would be released closer to the election.
Police Minister David O'Byrne said the government was investing an additional $32 million to bolster frontline police numbers, including 50 additional recruit places just this year.
Ten new fast-tracked police officers will also be deployed ahead of the holiday period.
The government has an operational target of 1120 officers.