Tasmania Police Restructure Welcomed Fri 6 July 2012 David O'Byrne Minister for Police and Emergency Management The Minister for Police and Emergency Management, David O'Byrne, today expressed his strong support for the administrative and operational restructure announced by Tasmania Police. The restructure will yield significant administrative savings in the Department of Police and Emergency Management. "This move prioritises front-line policing for our community," Mr O'Byrne said. "Every dollar Tasmania Police saves in administration helps boost operational policing - both in manpower and resources. "This is the right strategy, with the right priorities, at a crucial time. "These are well-researched and strategic decisions by the Commissioner, Darren Hine, and his leadership team, and the best way to maintain a strong and effective police service for years to come. "They have my full support and appreciation," he said. The leadership of Tasmania Police has already found significant administrative savings since the 2011-12 State Budget was announced a year ago. The formal restructure announced today builds further on that work "These savings won't just benefit operational policing now. They'll also help us prioritise front-line investment when our Commonwealth revenues improve," Mr O'Byrne said. "When the time comes to re-invest, there'll be lower admin costs - allowing more funding for the front-line. "We all want Tasmania to have a strong, effective and affordable police service for the years ahead. This careful and considered strategy is the best way to achieve it," he said.