The state government said it was taking the first step towards establishing a full-time Special Operations Group to enhance rapid responses to terrorism incidents and other emergencies with a $1 million investment in the creation of a purpose facility.
In addition to the one-off capital investment, in Thursday's state budget the government allocated $100,000 a year over the forward estimates for the procurement of specialist equipment.
Tasmania is currently the only jurisdiction in Australia with a part-time SOG.
The budget also seeks to address backlogs in the criminal justice system with an additional $14.4 million allocated for courts and legal services.
The funding includes $1.1 million per year from 2021 -22 for the appointment of a seventh Judge to commence in 2021, after the conclusion of the temporary appointment of Acting Judges funded the 2019 - 20 and 2020 - 21 budgets.
It also includes $5 million to appoint a new Magistrate in Southern Tasmania, to commence in 2020, and $2.2 million to replace a retiring Magistrate in the North West.
Attorney-General Elise Archer said this funding forms part of a broader package, including legislative and procedural reforms to assist the courts with their increasing workloads and ensuring Tasmanians have access to justice.
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Judicial services will also be boosted by a $544,000 allocation to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to assist in reducing the backlog of criminal prosecutions and matters pending in the Supreme Court, with this amount increasing to over $700,000 in 2020 - 21 and across the forward estimates.
$3.3 million over four years will help offset a reduction in federal funding to Community Legal Centres and the Legal Aid Commission will receive $361,000 in 2019 - 20, increased to $546,000 a year in the forward estimates.
"The budget provides a total of $8.9 million for legal aid in 2019 - 20, including $1.2 million to Community Legal Centres and the Legal Aid Commission," Ms Archer said.
'Cracking down on criminals'
$20.1 million has been allocated to recruit a further 125 police officers with an additional $41.69 million to be invested in new police stations and police housing, a new police vessel and an emergency services hub at Sorell over the forward estimates.
Ms Archer said the government has made major investments in new prison infrastructure to meet future needs.
$43.5 million has been allocated over the forward estimates for the $270 million, 270 bed Northern Prison to fund the first four years of work on the project.
Ms Archer said an announcement on the final location was anticipated in coming months.
"The expression of interest process to determine a site for the new Northern Prison has been successfully completed, with the identified sites being assessed for suitability and short-listed," Ms Archer said.
$17 million will be invested to fund the completion of the Southern Remand Centre, with a further $16.8 million to provide additional resources and $9.34 million to upgrade facilities at Risdon Prison.
$3.6 million will be invested into the Ashley Youth Detention Centre redevelopment.
A $15 million upgrade to the Burnie Magistrates and Supreme Court Complex has been pushed back into the forward estimates to begin receiving funding in the 2020 - 21 budget.