Police review to cut costs

TASMANIA Police says a new cost-cutting review will not lead to forced redundancies within the Department of Police and Emergency Management.

The department includes police, the Tasmania Fire Service, the State Emergency Service and Forensic Science Service Tasmania.

The review will seek ways to rationalise the delivery of corporate services within the department in order to prevent duplication and cut costs.

Currently, separate record keeping, email and payroll systems exist within the various arms of the department.

Consolidation could spell job losses, however, Police Commissioner Darren Hine said they won’t be forced.

‘‘Even at this early stage it is important to point out that the state government has ruled out forced redundancies,’’ he said yesterday while announcing the review.

A cost-cutting exercise in 2012 saw about 75 policing staff take voluntary redundancy in a budget strategy that was politically damaging to the former Labor government.

News of the review comes days after Treasurer Peter Gutwein announced a $24 million deterioration in the budget bottom line.

Independent auditors have been engaged to conduct the review.

The government could not be reached for comment.

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