Protective Services Group (PSG) First Nations Project:
The project is a new service delivery initiative designed to recruit, train, and employ local First Nations community members, in PSG protective security officer roles within 11 remote and discrete communities across QLD. This will provide employment for approximately 120 local community members and significantly reduces contracting arrangements with private security officers that perform this role on our behalf. An initial pilot phase of the project has been trialled on Palm Island over the last 2 years, with exciting results in regards to community safety, crime reduction and community engagement at security patrolled precincts (schools and courts).
The First Nations communities Protective Security Officer program provides a culturally appropriate 5 week (paid) training program focusing on personal and professional health and wellbeing, financial literacy as well as the specific roles, responsibilities and functions of a Protective Security Officer within the Queensland Police Service. Training competencies are assessed through scenario-based training as opposed to a traditional examination type settings and are delivered on community.
This employment model, which recognises the knowledge, experience and understanding of the local people is expected to further promote harmony and self-determination around social, cultural and economic needs within these communities. By providing locally enhanced protective security services in the community, Protective Services will assist in:
- Keeping the community safe
- Protecting Government assets and infrastructure,
- Developing stronger relationships in the community, preserving the peace and reducing crime,
- Creating sustainable and secure employment opportunities.
The communities were are committed to engaging are:
- Lockhart River
- Mornington Island
- Palm Island