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QCS officer assaulted during incident response

QCS officer assaulted during incident response

A Queensland Corrective Services Custodial Officer was assaulted following an incident at Wolston Correctional Centre.

At approximately 5.30pm on Sunday, 19 August 2018, a small group of prisoners were observed to damage windows in a prisoner unit.

As Queensland Corrective Services officers responded, three prisoners are alleged to have assaulted the officer.

As additional officers responded, two prisoners are alleged to have engaged in self-harm. They were stabilised and escorted to hospital.

Queensland Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Martin said even one officer injured on duty is one too many.

“The safety and security of our officers is a critical issue and is of the upmost importance,” Commissioner Martin said.

“Deputy Commissioner, Custodial Operations, Mr Andrew Beck started with QCS last week and is driving the comprehensive Use of Force review, which is being undertaken to ensure our officers have the training, equipment, technology and support they need to do their jobs safely.

“We also maintain our commitment to appropriate staffing in our facilities in response to the increasing prisoner population across the State.

“I wish the officer a speedy recovery and I also want to commend the officers for bringing the situation quickly under control.”

The matter is being investigated by the Corrective Services Investigation Unit.

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