QCS can confirm that two officers are receiving treatment following an interaction with a prisoner at Lotus Glen Correctional Centre yesterday afternoon.
The two officers were conducting a welfare check in the Detention Unit and when they opened the prisoners cell door, he became non-compliant and spat on both officers.
Both officers withdrew from the cell and have been taken to hospital for testing.
Management and senior officers are continuing to support the officer, their family and their colleagues.
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.
Queensland Corrective Services is a front line public safety agency and our officers interact with the most challenging and complex people in our society 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.
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.
When an officer is injured on duty, QCS is committed to supporting the officer and their family while they recover.