Today in Question Time, embattled Corrections Minister Gayle Tierney claimed there was no police cell crisis in Victoria.
This contradicts what every senior law and order authority has claimed over the past 48 hours.
Chief Commissioner of Police, Graham Ashton said “we are shuffling prisoners all over the state. It is certainly what you don’t want. We are at cell capacity at the moment. It is a problem it comes back again and again.”
Assistant Commissioner, Debra Abbott said “the number of prisoners being held in police cells is currently very high, and on Tuesday we experienced some capacity issues.”
Police Association Secretary, Wayne Gatt said “I don’t think we’ve got nearly enough beds in the system to be quite honest.”
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Corrections, Edward O’Donohue:
“Why are Daniel Andrews and Gayle Tierney the only Victorian’s yet to admit we have an overcrowding police cell crisis?
Minister Tierney is either lying or incompetent when it comes to her responsibilities, but the fact remains Victoria Police are driving around the state searching for vacant police cells to secure violent offenders.
What is more concerning for Victorians is the Minister didn’t know if violent offenders have been released back into the community because of this overcrowding crisis.”