Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Former Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Corrective Services

    Banksia Hill Detention Centre escape probe

    3/08/2012 12:00 AM
    • Minister orders urgent investigation into breakout
    • Focus on security measures surrounding building works

    Corrective Services Minister Murray Cowper has ordered an immediate investigation into yesterday’s escape by two detainees from Banksia Hill Detention Centre.

    Mr Cowper said he was deeply concerned by the incident.

    “While I have been assured that all security measures around the building works at the centre were in place, a full investigation is necessary to determine how these offenders were able to get access to a vehicle and escape the facility,” he said.
    The Minister said while a range of measures had been put in place to address security issues during construction works at the centre, a further security audit and review was clearly necessary following yesterday’s events.

    Measures already in place included additional fencing around construction areas; extra security officers; twice-daily site inspections to immediately rectify any security-related risks; and increased security around contractors.  Additional security actions had also been initiated following yesterday’s events.

    “My priority is to ensure the safety of the custodial officers, contractors and the general public,” Mr Cowper said.

    “I will take whatever action is deemed necessary following the review into the incident.”

          Fact File
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