16 November 2020

Police called to Alexander Maconochie Centre every three days, new data shows

| Dominic Giannini
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Alexander Maconochie Centre

ACT Policing responded to 112 incidents at the AMC in the year to 31 October 2020. Photo: File.

ACT Policing responded to 112 incidents at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) between 1 November 2019 and 31 October 2020, new data from the Police Realtime Online Management Information System (PROMIS) shows.

The incidents included 35 assaults, 27 drug-related incidents and five fire-related incidents.

Police also responded to a sexual assault incident in September this year and a search warrant was executed at the centre in the same month.

Police were called out most frequently in February (15 times), followed by October (13 times).

The figures provide further insight into incidents within the AMC after the Justice and Community Services Directorate confirmed that police are investigating the stabbing of a detainee in his cell on Sunday (1 November).

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The man was reportedly stabbed with an improvised weapon.

The stabbing was not publically reported by JACS or ACT Corrective Services.

ACTCS does not make incidences of assaults public, Region Media was told in a statement, but the spokesperson said the number of serious assaults had halved since 2018-19.

“There were 58 detainee-on-detainee assaults and eight incidences of serious assault between detainees in 2019-20.

“Strong guidelines are in place under the Inspector of Correctional Services Act 2017 to ensure that critical incidents are notified to the Inspector of Correctional Services.

“ACTCS refers all assaults to ACT Policing, and there are a number of open referrals underway.”

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