Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Former Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Corrective Services

    Security increased at Banksia Hill Detention Centre

    7/08/2012 12:00 AM
    • State Government acts swiftly at Banksia Hill Detention Centre
    • Extra security measure in place following escape
    Extra security measures have been put in place at Banksia Hill Detention Centre in response to last week’s escape by two prisoners. 
    Corrective Services Minister Murray Cowper said the additional security followed the launch of a comprehensive investigation into the circumstance surrounding the breakout. 

    “A range of new security strategies are now in place to ensure the good management of the facility and to eliminate any chance of this disturbing incident being repeated,” Mr Cowper said. 

    “The Department of Corrective Services’ Emergency Support Group (ESG) has been brought in to provide around the clock, on-site security.

    “The ESG is a group of highly trained prison officers who provide specialist security assistance and manage high-risk security operations.”

    A new 3.6 metre-high security fence is also being built around construction work at the centre and is expected to be completed within the next two to three weeks.

    One of the key roles of the ESG officers will be to accompany vehicles and building workers on-site to provide additional security.

    “Prisoner management at Banksia Hill Detention Centre has returned to normal routine after a limited lockdown following the escape,” the Minister said. 

    During the escape, the sally port security roller doors were extensively damaged and mesh fencing has been installed until the doors are replaced.
    Fact File
    • 3.6 metre internal security fence being built following the August 2 escape
    • Specialist Emergency Support Group officers providing 24-hour security
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