Commissioner Ian Stewart welcomed Protective Services, formerly known as State Government Security (SGS), into the Queensland Police Service (QPS) at a morning tea held at Police Headquarters this morning, Queensland Police say.
The role to protect state government buildings was passed from the Public Safety Business Agency to the QPS last week, September 8.
All members of State Government Security were transitioned into QPS, meaning an extra 371 service employees. Protective Service officers will work to protect 84 government buildings and 419 educational facilities throughout Queensland. They will also monitor 3,000 alarms.
As part of the presentation, Commissioner Stewart gave the group a framed SGS uniform and memorabilia in recognition of the contribution SGS delivered to the Queensland community and government.
SGS uniform and memorabilia
Commissioner Stewart also presented new Protective Service recruits with their new lapels and farewelled retirees.
New Protective Service recruits
Protective Services has provided security services throughout government buildings under various names since the post war Watching Services. In 1983 the State Law Courts and Protective Service Act created a clear function for the protection of government buildings and precincts.