Disturbance at Borallon Training and Correctional Centre

Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) can confirm that a custodial correctional has been injured responding to a disturbance at Borallon Training Correctional Centre today.

Three prisoners caused a disturbance at the centre this afternoon and damaged property in one of the secure units. The cause of the unrest is unclear at this time.

Officers were forced to deploy chemical agents when the prisoners failed to respond to directions, before escorting the three prisoners to the Detention Unit.

One officer received a shoulder injury relocating a prisoner during the decontamination process and has been taken to hospital for assessment and treatment.

Responding officers have been commended by management for their professionalism in responding to the incident.

Management and senior officers are continuing to support the officer, their family and their colleagues.

CSIU have been advised.

Unfortunately from time to time our officers are required to put themselves in harm’s way to ensure the safety and security of the community. We are thankful for their commitment, and for the important role they play in making Queensland safer for all of us.

Every day our officers interact with the most challenging and complex people in our society.

Officer safety is Queensland Corrective Services’ absolute priority. Every officer deserves to go home safely at the end of shift.

We take our responsibility as an employer to support our officers through appropriate training and provision of equipment, technology, and policy support very seriously, but recognise that we cannot remove all risk from the workplace due to the dynamic nature of correctional environments.

People who have been removed from society for violent or anti-social behaviour sometimes display that same behaviour in a prison environment, despite the best efforts of our officers to de-escalate situations.

When an officer is injured on duty, QCS is committed to supporting the officer and their family while they recover.