Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Cops Take Desk Jobs Due to Child Care Frontline Numbers Take Hit

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Cops Take Desk Jobs Due to Child Care Frontline Numbers Take Hit

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Byline: Daniel Burdon APN Newsdesk

A LACK of flexible child care in regional areas is causing police officers to leave full-time, frontline work, particularly in smaller communities, the head of the Police Federation of Australia says.

The federation is one of a raft of groups that have sent submissions to a Productivity Commission inquiry on child care.

The federation's chief executive, Mark Burgess, said yesterday that the biggest issues for "police families" in regional areas were the flexibility, affordability and accessibility of child care.

The federation represents 57,000 police officers - almost 99% of all policemen and women in the country - many of whom work long hours in regional towns.

He said the "24/7 nature of the job" was playing havoc with police families trying to fit their children into care, which mainly offered help only during "nine-to-five" business hours.

"Of course, that's all the more difficult in regional areas because access to child care is far more difficult and police often get posted long distances from their families, so they don't have that extra support network there," he said. …

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