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Give correctional services responsibility for lock-ups, says former police commish

Published:Tuesday | August 19, 2014 | 9:17 AM

Former police commissioner Real Admiral Harley Lewin has proposed that the responsibility for police lock-ups be transferred to the correctional services.



According to Admiral Lewin, police manpower should be used for actual policing instead of administrative functions.



He also suggests that it would be better to redirect money set aside for the refurbishing of police locks to construct centralised detention centres for offenders.



Admiral Lewin says these facilities manned by correctional officers, should be strategically located based on population.



Turning to the issue of storing evidence, Admiral Lewin, speaking on Cliff Hughes Online on Power 106FM, said the current systems needs to be strengthened.



He said it is critical that firearms that are no longer useful or needed for evidence be removed from the system and destroyed.



According to Admiral Lewin, this will help to minimise the possibility of these guns ending up in the wrong hands.



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