Queensland Corrective Services can confirm that officers have been injured during an incident where force was required to be used at Borallon Training and Correctional Centre today.
Officers were restraining a prisoner that was non-compliant and acting in an aggressive manner. As the prisoner was being restrained by officers, he spat on one of them.
The prisoner was being escorted to the Detention Unit and became non-compliant again and two officers suffered injuries, one with sore back and the other with grazes to his knee and elbow, whilst restraining him.
All three officers were assessed at the medical centre.
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.
When an officer is injured on duty, QCS is committed to supporting the officer and their family while they recover.