Officers injured – Capricornia Correctional Centre

Queensland Corrective Services can confirm that two officers have been injured during an incident at Capricornia Correctional Centre this afternoon.

A number of prisoners climbed onto the roof of a unit block and the centre has been locked down in line with standard procedure.

Three prisoners remain on the roof and a surrender plan is being prepared by officers.

Prisoners who participate in rooftop protests face a range of sanctions.

A male officer was injured when he was struck by one of the prisoners with a piece of wood. A second officer was injured while responding to the incident after falling.

The matter will be referred to CSIU for investigation.

Prisoners who assault officers may face additional criminal charges and further prison time. They are also subject to internal disciplinary processes, including loss of privileges.

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.

QCS is committed to supporting our officers.

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