Our focus areas are Tweed Heads, Ballina, Byron Bay,Lismore,Casino, Coffs Harbour; Port Macquarie, Forster,Taree, Cessnock, Muswellbrook, Cooma, Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Dareton, Deniliquin, Bourke, Cowra & Cootamundra
Casual Police Station Support Workers deliver timely support to young people & adults with cognitive impairment when they are in NSW police custody, after hours & on weekends. A Casual Police Station Support Worker may be engaged between the hours of 5pm and 9am seven days a week. The minimum engagement is three (3) hours.
Police Station Support Workers attend Police Stations to support people with cognitive impairment who are in custody. The Support Worker assists and supports suspects while in police custody to understand and exercise their rights including:
- Ensuring the client is able to communicate with a legal practitioner before any investigative procedure takes place including a police interview.
- Ensuring the client understands and is able to exercise their right to silence.
- Observing whether or not a police interview is being conducted properly and fairly and informing the police officer if there is a concern that the client does not fully understand their rights at any stage while in police custody.
- Requesting a break during an interview if there are any signs that the client is becoming distressed or is unable to concentrate.
- Assisting the client in police custody to contact a relative or a friend.