Force cops blue surge

Written By miftah nugraha on Sabtu, 27 April 2013 | 19.55

TASMANIA Police has been swamped by an unprecedented surge of people wanting to join the force, with 800 applications for about 20 positions announced just three weeks ago.

More than 1000 expressions of interest are expected in the coming weeks - more than Tasmania Police usually receives in a year.

Police Association president Pat Allen said the enormous interest was partly because of the soft jobs market in Tasmania and partly because there had been such along wait for a new recruit course.

"We've had no new blood for two years," he said.

"Normally we get in new recruits between one and three times a year."

Tasmania Police hopes to have 20-25 new recruits on the beat by Christmas.

Police Commissioner Darren Hine opened a new energy-efficient police station at Cygnet yesterday, with passive-solar design and double-glazed windows.

Cygnet is also the latest area to benefit from Tasmania Police's Housing Project, with a new four-bedroom police residence.

The Housing Project involves Tasmania Police selling surplus homes around the state to finance improved housing in remote areas.

The four-bedroom house at Cygnet is 6.3-star efficiency-rated, with double glazing and solar hot water.

Mr Allen welcomed the Housing Project, but he said the force still needed more police on the beat.

He said the force had shrunk from 1,248 officers about 18 months ago to its present size of 1100.

"Numbers are always a concern for us, but it's a balancing act because the police do need good accommodation."

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