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Think first then dial

Annual report 2019-20


Hon. Vincent Tarzia

Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services

This annual report will be presented to Parliament to meet the statutory  reporting requirements of the Police Act 1998, Police Regulations 2014 and Public Sector Act 2009 and the requirements of Premier and Cabinet Circular PC013 Annual Reporting.

This report is verified to be accurate for the purposes of annual reporting to the Parliament of South Australia.

Submitted on behalf of the South Australia Police by:

Grant Stevens APM LEM



From the Chief Executive

Overview: about the agency

The agency's performance

Financial performance

Risk management

Reporting required under any other act or regulation

Public complaints

  • Number of public complaints reported

Appendix: Audit financial statements 2019-20

Please refer to Appendix (page 63 on-wards) in the PDF version (7.0 MB) of the Annual Report.

Other key areas reported on annually

Aboriginal reconciliation

South Australia Police (SAPOL) Statement of Reconciliation and SAPOL Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) remains the guiding document for engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people.

SAPOL is committed to building meaningful relationships with ATSI people, increasing cultural knowledge, delivering a service that is culturally competent and providing opportunities to employ, develop and promote SAPOL staff.

During the review period, the SAPOL RAP moved into its third year.  It was assessed against its deliverables, adjusted to meet community needs and exceeded the outcomes as defined within this document by way of establishing meaningful and resilient partnerships with major stakeholders.

SAPOL’s commitment to prevention, early intervention, and engagement with ATSI people is further supported through liaison with Federal and State Government and non-government agencies.

During this reporting period, SAPOL worked closely with the Office for the Public Sector – Aboriginal Trainee Program, utilised the Aboriginal Employment Register program and scouted existing talent from within the ATSI community to increase our employment of ATSI people.

As at 30 June 2020, SAPOL comprised 95 Aboriginal employees working as sworn police officers, community constables, police Aboriginal liaison officers (casual), cadets, Police Security Officers and administrative support officers.

Assistant Commissioner State Operations Service is the sponsor of the ATSI Focus Group which functions as a working group to provide operational and organisational guidance on Indigenous issues that will impact on SAPOL, its staff and the wider community.

SAPOL are represented at numerous community engagement events where employment with SAPOL is promoted. Such as:

  • Jobs For Youth
  • Maxima - Employment and training provider
  • Flinders University Employment Information Expo
  • Port Power Aboriginal Cup and Employment Expo
  • National Apology Day
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day of Observance Committee-(NAIDOC)
  • National Closing the Gap Day
  • National Reconciliation Week
  • Deadly Kids Expo
  • Deadly Fun Run
  • South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy Shield Carnival.

Building upon our existing RAP the SAPOL RAP 2020-2022 will see our organisation increase its commitment to reconciliation through the inclusion of progressive, contemporary initiatives that are reflective of the respect we have for our First Nations People and SAPOL’s commitment to reconciliation.

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

SAPOL has finalised its Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) 2017-2020. Significant achievements and progress were made during the life of this plan, including:

  • Establishment of the Diversity and Inclusion Branch (D&IB) with expanded resources to enable greater focus on policy, awareness, training and response, including those relating to disability.  The branch continues to make inroads into cultural change, seeking to break down barriers, challenge unconscious bias and broaden diversity and inclusivity.
  • Establishment of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group on which there is a disability representative. The group meets quarterly and provides strategic advice to SAPOL executive.
  • Review and improvement of disability awareness training, undertaken by all existing and new employees. Training incorporates contemporary information about disability and emphasises the work of the DAIP.
  • Establishment of specialist interviewer training and roles to support vulnerable witnesses, including those with disability, and also establishment of requirements relating to support for witnesses and suspects with complex communication needs.
  • Development and release of flexible work arrangements and associated training for all employees. Training emphasises the importance of flexible work as a way of broadening employment options for everyone, including those with disability and those with caring responsibilities.
  • Ensuring facilities meet Disability Discrimination Act 1992 requirements. Focus included ensuring police station front counters are accessible for people with a disability.
  • Development and implementation of Mental Health First Aid training for all managers, increasing mental health understanding and reducing stigma associated with mental illness.
  • Ongoing support for employees through an Employee Assistance Program, extended to employees and their families, and launch of the ‘My Health, My Wellbeing’ website which empowers employees to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing (including psychological and physical wellbeing). SAPOL also released a Reconditioning Program which connects participants with health providers to improve physical health, with more at risk employees undergoing comprehensive physical assessment and access to specialist health professionals.

In early 2020, SAPOL commenced detailed work on preparing a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2020-2024. Extending the outcomes of the previous plan, SAPOL is committed to greater involvement of people with a disability in development and implementation of the new plan. Commitment is evident in the significant internal and external consultations undertaken in preparing the plan. In the first round of consultations, input was received from 74 internal respondents, 17 (23%) indicating they have ‘lived experience of disability’, with input received from 145 external respondents via a public survey, of which 48 (33%) indicated they have ‘lived experience of disability’. An additional 34 individuals or organisations provided direct responses or submissions which were taken into consideration in the development of the plan. Following development, a draft of the plan also went out for public consultation prior to finalisation and publication. Submissions received from both consultations had a significant impact on the content and focus of the actions within the plan.

SAPOL’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2020-2024 sets a clear direction for what SAPOL intends to do to further support and include people with a disability over the next four years.

Freedom of Information Statement

South Australia Police (SAPOL) is an agency pursuant to Section 4 of the Freedom of Information Act 1991 (FOI Act) and this Information Statement is published in accordance with Section 9 of the FOI Act.  The FOI Act confers on members of the public a legally enforceable right to access information held by the South Australian Government subject to certain restrictions. A comprehensive introduction to freedom of information can be found on the State Records website at https://www.archives.sa.gov.au/content/foi-in-sa.

Agency Structure and Functions

A comprehensive description of SAPOL structure and functions can be found on our website at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/about-us and in our online Annual Reports which can be found at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/find-a-publication.

Effect of Agency Functions on Members of the Public

SAPOL functions affect the public through direct service delivery of our Core Functions. These are; to uphold the law, preserve the peace, prevent crime, assist the public in emergency situations, coordinating and managing responses to emergencies, regulating road use to prevent road collisions.

Public Participation in SAPOL Policy Development and the Delivery of its Functions

SAPOL is committed to and encourages public participation in the development of its policies and the delivery of its Core Functions in several ways including community consultation forums, problem solving, surveys, promotional activities and committee membership. SAPOL holds ongoing Police and Community Engagement (PACE) Forums across all metropolitan Districts, regional Local Services Areas and social media. SAPOL provides support to a number of boards and committees which include members of the public who contribute to the development of policies and provide feedback to allow for continuous improvement in the delivery of SAPOL Core Functions.

Community Feedback – Service Charter

SAPOL is committed to service excellence by consistently delivering service of the highest quality to the community. Community support is vital to ensuring the effective delivery of police services and SAPOL wishes to hear from members of the community who have received a policing service by completing a Feedback Form which is available online at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/about-us/service-charters.

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers is an independent not-for-profit organisation in which the community and the media help police to solve crime. Crime Stoppers offers the community a means to actively contribute to solving and reducing crime through various crime prevention and awareness campaigns. They also play an active role in the media, promoting unsolved crimes and encouraging people to provide information anonymously with the option of a reward. Crime Stoppers operates 24/7 and information can be provided in confidence anytime by telephoning Crime Stoppers on free-call 1800 333 000 or online through their website or app. Further information about this program can be located online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au/.

Traffic Watch Program

The community can participate in keeping South Australia’s roads safe by reporting dangerous driving to 131 444 or on-line at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/traffic-watch2. Further information can be found online at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety/road-safety/report-dangerous-driving.

Road Safety Centre

SAPOL Road Safety Centre at Port Road, Thebarton is a multifunction road safety educational facility for school children as well as providing road safety presentations for other groups including businesses, special interest groups, community groups and older-aged road users. This approach supports the SAPOL concept of road safety education being a lifelong learning process. The mock roadway located within Bonython Park is open for use by the public on weekends and public holidays when not required by SAPOL. Further information regarding the Road Safety Centre can be found on our website at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety/road-safety/road-safety-centre.

Neighbourhood Watch SA

Neighbourhood Watch SA, through its unique partnership with SAPOL is a means of raising awareness to ensure a ‘Safer and Connected Community’. Community participation and a shared responsibility within local neighbourhoods can be vital to feelings and perception of safety. By connecting the community and SAPOL, important information can be shared to help solve and prevent local crime and safety concerns and create a feeling of a connected community. You can follow Neighbourhood Watch SA https://www.facebook.com/NeighbourhoodWatchSA and further information including news and downloadable resources can be found on SAPOL Website at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/nhw.

Social Media

Community engagement via SAPOL use of social media is a vital tool in providing the public access to real time information especially during emergency events. SAPOL encourages community participation and assistance with police investigations and missing persons. Further information about various SAPOL social media platforms can be found on our website at






Description of Documents held by SAPOL for inspection, purchase or free of charge

Documents held by SAPOL

Documents held by SAPOL fall broadly into the categories listed below and whilst most documents are available in hard copy others are only available electronically. It is important to note that the following list is not exhaustive and does not necessarily mean all documents are accessible in full or in part pursuant to the FOI Act.

  • Operational Policing including Police Incident Reports / Occurrence Reports, Apprehension Reports, Vehicle Collision Reports / Occurrence Reports, handwritten notes, statements, record of interviews, plans and photographs
  • Community Policing including brochures, pamphlets and posters
  • Administration including accounting, policy, recruiting and human resource management
  • SAPOL publications including annual reports as well as corporate and strategic plans.

Documents are held in the following media:

  • Hardcopy
  • Digital
  • Microfilm
  • Microfiche
  • Audio visual recordings
For purchase

Documents available for purchase include:

  • National Police Certificate
  • Police Incident Report/Occurrence Report - for theft or burglary (for Insurance purposes only)
  • Vehicle Collision Report/Occurrence Report (for Insurance purposes only)

Further information including application forms as well as fees and charges can be found on our website at the following links or by attending your local police station:




Free Publications

A number of SAPOL publications are available free of charge. The list of publications below is not exhaustive and is constantly being updated, particularly in areas of community affairs, crime prevention and statistical data:

Contact details, location and opening hours of your nearest Police Station

Information is available online to help find contact details, location and opening hours of your nearest Police Station https://www.police.sa.gov.au/about-us/find-your-local-police-station.

Expiation Notice System Data - South Australian Government Data Directory

The Expiation Notice System data is published quarterly and provides statistical information on volumes of expiation notice offences processed by SAPOL since 1 July 2011. Included is an Expiation Notice Open Data Dictionary, Expiable Offences and Fees, Prescribed Camera Offences, Mobile Camera Locations Codes and the location of South Australia fixed traffic camera sites including:

  • Pedestrian activated crossing (PAC)
  • Point to Point (P2P)
  • Intersection (I/section)
  • Level crossing (Rail).

The data sets and further information can be found at https://data.sa.gov.au/data/dataset/expiation-notice-system-data.

South Australia Safe-T-Cam is a network of cameras placed on major heavy vehicle routes across the state to monitor movement of heavy vehicles. The cameras are able to detect unregistered and uninsured offences for all vehicles, as well as heavy vehicle offences including failing to take required rest breaks and work diary (log book) offences. The Safe-T-Cam network is managed by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) and more information can be found at https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/driving-and-transport/heavy-vehicles/driving-heavy-vehicles-safely.

Crime Statistics - South Australian Government Data Directory and SAPOL website

SAPOL publishes quarterly suburb-based crime statistics for crimes against the person and crimes against property on the South Australia Government Data Directory which can be found at https://data.sa.gov.au/data/dataset/crime-statistics. The SAPOL website has an interactive crime mapping tool that provides information about the incidence of crimes against the person and crimes against property per suburb or postcode area for the previous month as well as crime statistics at a state level that are published monthly and can be found at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/about-us/crime-statistics-map.

Annual Reporting - South Australian Government Data Directory and SAPOL website

Annual Reporting as required by legislation and with respect to the following can be found at https://data.sa.gov.au/data/dataset/annual-reporting-data:

  • Community Confidence – Level of community confidence in policing services
  • Complaints – Number of complaints
  • Consultancies – SAPOL use of consultants and the nature of work
  • Contractors – SAPOL use of contractors and the nature of work
  • Controlled Substances Act 1984 – Number of authorisations, drug detection deployments and seizures
  • Corruption – Reporting and investigation alleged corruption
  • Crime Data – State summary of offences reported or becoming known to police
  • Evidence Act 1929 – Number of orders granted by magistrates
  • Executive Employment – Number of executives by status in current position, gender and classification
  • Hydroponic Industry Control Act 2009 – Number of apprehensions, offences and expiations
  • Liquor Licence Act 1997 Section 128AB – Number of orders
  • Liquor Licence Act 1997 Section 128C(8) – Number of orders
  • Performance Against Targets – Agency Statement reporting of performance against targets
  • Protective Security Act 2007 – Number of Protective Security Officers and number of incidents
  • Rates per 100 000 – State summary of offences reported or becoming known to police – rate per 100 000
  • Road Safety – Regulation of road use and road safety education
  • Road Traffic Act 1961 – Number of driver screening tests
  • Shop Theft (Alternative Enforcement Act) 2000 – Number of infringement notices
  • Summary Offences Act 1953 Section 21K – Weapons prohibition orders
  • Summary Offences Act 1953 Section 72A(7) – Metal detector searches
  • Summary Offences Act 1953 Section 72B(9) – Special Powers to prevent serious violence
  • Summary Offences Act 1953 Section 72F – Explosives searches, seizures and persons charged
  • Summary Offences Act 1953 Section 83BA(9) – Overcrowding at public venues
  • Summary Offences Act 1953 Section 83C(6) – Special powers of entry
  • Theft by Deception – Number of reports
  • Training Expenditure – Training and development expenditure
  • Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018 – Number of instances
  • Work Health & Safety and Return to Work Performance – Workplace injury claims, notifiable incidents
  • Young Offenders – Action taken by police, District and Local Service Area locations.

In addition the following can be found at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/about-us/annual-reporting:

  • Overview: about the agency
  • The agency’s performance
  • Financial performance
  • Risk management
  • Reporting required under any other act or regulation
  • Public complaints
  • Aboriginal reconciliation
  • Details of overseas travel
  • Disability access and inclusion plan
  • Freedom of Information statement
  • Major awards
  • Performance against targets
  • Personnel information
  • Regional impact assessment statements
  • Triple bottom line reporting – Greening of government operations
  • Urban design charter.

Your safety

The following list is a snapshot of the information and links on the SAPOL website at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety:

  • Emergency information and alerts
  • Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
  • Intervention orders
  • Child protection
  • Road safety
  • Report missing persons
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Report suspicious activity
  • Crime prevention and security
  • Scams and cybercrime
  • Crowded places
  • Declared Public Precincts
  • COVID-19 information
  • Security Response Section.
Crime prevention and security

The following list is a snapshot of the information, security and safety booklets, facts sheets, campaign materials, posters and links on the SAPOL website at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety:

  • Are you covered?
  • Arson prevention/Operation Nomad
  • Business security
  • Caravan and holiday security and safety
  • Home and vehicle security
  • Scams and cybercrime
  • Internet safety and security
  • Personal safety
  • Personal safety - Emergency preparedness
  • Rural and farm security
  • Think about it (Youth safety)
  • Triple Zero (resources for kids)
  • Halloween resources.
Road safety – Road rules and safety

There is an abundance of Road Safety information including posters, road rules videos, road rules quiz, road safety education programs and road safety newsletters and tips that can be found at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety/road-safety/road-rules-and-safety or SAPOL social media.

Corporate documents

All SAPOL publications can be found at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/find-a-publication with quick links to the following corporate documents:

  • Annual Reports
  • Blueprint Magazine
  • Business Plan
  • Strategic Directions.

SAPOL Service Delivery Charter is available in nine different languages from Police Stations and the SAPOL website at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/about-us/service-charters.

Proactive disclosure

SAPOL proactively publishes information relating to the expenditure for the Commissioner of Police as well as our contract and procurement processes in line with the Premier and Cabinet Circular PC035 – Proactive Disclosure of Regularly Requested Information. The following expenditure types can be found at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/about-us/proactive-disclosure:

  • Credit card statements
  • Overseas travel expenditure
  • Mobile phone expenditure
  • Office expenditure
  • Gift register
  • Consultants engaged by SAPOL
  • Procurement practices
  • Capital works expenditure.
Disclosure log

A disclosure log is published on the SAPOL website in accordance with Premier and Cabinet Circular PC045 – Disclosure Logs for Non-Personal Information Released through Freedom of Information and lists documents that have been disclosed in response to a request for access to non-personal information pursuant to the FOI Act. The disclosure log can be found at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/about-us/proactive-disclosure.

Other information

Available on the SAPOL website is a vast array of other information, online services, data, downloads and reporting mechanisms that can be found at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/.

  • About us
    • Commissioner’s message
    • Who we are
    • Organisational structure
    • Service charters
    • Proactive disclosure
  • Contact us
    • Find your local police station
    • Key contacts
  • Online services
    • Pay an expiation notice with epay
    • View my traffic photo
    • Find a form
    • Report a crash online
    • Report lost property online
    • Search stolen firearms
    • Report cybercrime on line
    • Safety assessment for crowded places
  • Your safety – information and downloads
    • Emergency information and alerts
    • Crime prevention and security
    • Child protection
    • Crowded places
    • Domestic violence
    • Intervention orders
    • Report suspicious activity
    • Road safety
    • Traffic statistics
    • Wanted child sex offenders
  • Services and events
    • Expiations
    • Apply for a police record check
    • Get a crash or theft report
    • Freedom of Information
    • Firearms and weapons
    • Licences and permits
    • Make a report to the police
    • Band of SA Police
    • Neighbourhood Policing
    • Neighbourhood Watch
    • Events
  • Police news
    • SA Police News
    • Your Local Police News
  • Join us
    • Careers with SA Police
    • Volunteer opportunities

Access to Information Held by SAPOL

In addition to seeking access to documents pursuant to the FOI Act, the release of Vehicle Collision Reports / Occurrence Reports (for Insurance purposes only), Police Incident Reports and Occurrence Reports for theft or burglary (for Insurance purposes only) and National Police Certificates are available to members of the public through SAPOL Information Services Branch. Further information including application forms as well as fees and charges can be found on our website at the following links or by attending your local police station:




SAPOL’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Unit administers the Freedom of Information Act 1991 and facilitates, subject to exemptions and exceptions, access to SAPOL records as well as access and amendments to personal information held by the agency.

Exempt Agencies

The following areas of SAPOL are exempt from FOI pursuant to Schedule 2 of the FOI Act for documents compiled by:

  • The former Special Branch
  • The former Operations Planning and Intelligence Unit
  • The Operations Intelligence Section (or body substituted for the Operations Intelligence Section)
  • The Anti-Corruption Branch.

Making an FOI Application for Access to Documents

In accordance with Section 13 of the FOI Act, application for access to documents held by SAPOL must:

  • Be made in writing.
  • Specify that the application is made under the Freedom of Information Act 1991.
  • Be accompanied by the prescribed application fee (exemptions apply for Members of Parliament, pensioners, Commonwealth concession card holders as well as full time secondary and tertiary students).
  • Clearly identify the documents being sought or the matter to which they pertain.
  • Specify an address in Australia to which documents can be sent.

You may wish to make an on-line application at https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/about-sa/government/FOI-application. You can write a letter or use SAPOL’s application form (PD360) which is available from Police Stations or can be found on-line at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/services-and-events/freedom-of-information. The application fee for making an application can be found at  https://www.police.sa.gov.au/services-and-events/freedom-of-information.

Making an FOI application for Amendment to a Document

In accordance with Section 31 of the FOI Act, application for amendment to a SAPOL document must:

  • Be made in writing.
  • Specify that the application is made under the Freedom of Information Act 1991.
  • Clearly identify the document you wish to have amended and note it must be a document given to you by SAPOL (a copy of the document would greatly assist FOI officers process your application in a timely manner).
  • Specify the reasons why you claim the information is incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading.
  • Specify an address in Australia to which information can be sent.

You may wish to make an on-line application at https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/about-sa/government/FOI-application. You can write a letter or use SAPOL’s application form (PD360) which is available from Police Stations or can be found on-line at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/services-and-events/freedom-of-information. The application fee for making an application can be found at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/services-and-events/freedom-of-information.

Where to send FOI applications

An FOI application made under the Act can be submitted on-line at

https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/about-sa/government/FOI-application or lodged at any police station or by email SAPOL.FreedomofInformationUnit@police.sa.gov.au or posted to:

Freedom of Information Unit
South Australia Police
GPO Box 1539
Adelaide SA 5001

For further information contact an FOI Officer on (08) 732 23347.

Major SAPOL awards

Awards, Marketing and Events Branch and the Rewards and Recognition Clerk administer SAPOL’s award processes along with the National Medal and other private awards e.g. those of the Royal Humane Society. The following medals and awards were presented in the reporting period 2019-20.

Type of Award

Number of Awards

Public Service Medal


Australian Police Medal (APM)


International Law Enforcement Cooperation medal – Royal Solomon Islands Police Force


National Police Service Medal


National Medals and Clasps


Police Bravery Medal (PBM)


Leadership and Efficiency Medal

51, 2

SAPOL Service Medals and Clasps


SAPOL Service Awards (PSM Act)


Police Officer of the Year


  1. Presented to sworn employees (current and former).
  2. Presented to non-sworn employees (current and former) employed under the Public Sector Act.

Further information:

  1. Included in above figures are 5 posthumous awards.
  2. International Law Enforcement Cooperation Medal – Royal Solomon Islands Police Force
  • Members who served in Solomon Islands with Enhanced Cooperation Program.

Note that Covid-19 has meant that physical presentation of medals has been postponed since March 2020.

Performance Against Targets

Performance Indicators

2019-20 Actual Result

2019-20 Target

1.1 Response and Event Management

% of call centre calls answered within 20 seconds



No. of patrol taskings in the metropolitan area

424 927


No. of offences against good order recorded per 1000 head of population



% of DNA links of persons to crime scenes that contribute to an arrest or report



No. of grade 2 taskings in the metropolitan area

178 795


1.2 Emergency Response, Management and Coordination

% of grade 1 taskings in the metropolitan area responded to within 15 minutes



% of 000 calls presented to Police Communications Centre by Telstra answered within 10 seconds



No. of calls received by call centre

572 486


No. of 000 calls presented to Police Communications Centre by Telstra

179 890


No. of grade 1 taskings in the metropolitan area

1 906


No. of search and rescue operations attended by STAR Group



No. of joint emergency services exercises conducted with Emergency and Major Event Section support



2.1 Crime and Illegal Drugs

No. of recorded offences against the person as reported by/on behalf of victims per 1000 head of population1



Level of alcohol related crime in licensed premises

1 028

1 322

No. of recorded offences against property as reported by/on behalf of victims per 1000 head of population



No. of illicit drug offences detected by police1

5 701

≥5 038

No. of drug diversions recorded as part of the Police Drug Diversion Initiative

3 441

≥7 148

No. of clandestine labs detected



No. of participants attending Blue Light functions

10 776

≥20 000

No. of active ‘watch’ groups



No. of contacts including online reports to Crime Stoppers

23 958

22 150

2.2 Criminal Justice and Custodial Services

% of SAPOL prosecutions which are finalised by a guilty verdict or guilty plea



No. of prosecution charges initiated by police in state courts

123 383


No. of coronial investigation reports (deaths) submitted by police to the State Coroner’s Office

1 528


No. of formal cautions (juvenile) issued

1 041


No. of family conference referrals (juvenile) by police



No. of prisoners processed through police holding facilities

30 864


No. of (unnatural) deaths in police custody



No. of escapes from police holding facilities



3.1 Road Use Regulation

No. of reports for traffic offences detected by police1

10 812

19 203

No. of detections of drink driving

4 669


No. of detections of drug driving

6 276


No. of speed detection hours (mobile cameras, mobile radars and lasers)

74 279

90 000

No. of expiation notices issued for traffic offences

163 156


No. of driver screening tests conducted

406 438

500 000

3.2 Education and Vehicle Collision Prevention

No. of sessions conducted by the Road Safety Section


1 000

No. of traffic cautions issued as recorded on expiation notices

73 825


No. of Traffic Watch complaints received2

2 281

29 000

No. of lives lost per 100 000 head of population1



No. of serious injuries per 100 000 head of population



No. of casualty crashes, including fatal crashes per 100 000 head of population



No. of corporate/state-wide traffic operations



No. of corporate/state-wide traffic operations that include a rural road safety component



  1. Minor wording change only, counting rule remains the same.
  2. Reporting processes and system change.  Results for previous years are now not comparable.
Personnel Information Summary

Personnel Information Summary 2019-20 (PDF)

Further human resource information can be located at the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment website: http://publicsector.sa.gov.au.

Regional Impact Assessment Statements

As required by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet Circular No.13 Annual Reporting Requirements and the Regional Impact Assessment Statements policy for South Australian government agencies, departments and agencies and statutory authorities are required to prepare and publish Regional Impact Assessment Statements prior to implementing significant changes to existing government services to rural and regional areas.

No Regional Impact Assessment Statements were prepared and published by SAPOL during the 2019-20 reporting period.

Triple Bottom Line Reporting - Greening of Government Operations

SAPOL continues to work towards a more sustainable future through developing environmental standards and implementing environmental initiatives such as passive design measures, waste management, energy management (including solar panels) and water harvesting.

SAPOL is engaged in the Premier’s Climate Change Council (PCCC) program, investigating  cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimise energy costs associated with the operation of buildings. All capital projects pursue Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) initiatives.

Asbestos reduction and management continues to be an important activity for SAPOL, all sites have Asbestos management plans and where required annual inspections in place.

SAPOL remains committed to improvements in waste reduction and effective waste management measures for its major metropolitan police sites, this includes staff training.

Future SAPOL Environmental Initiatives

SAPOL has a number of environmental initiatives underway and a number planned for the future.

2019-20 financial year

  • The three bin waste management system will be implemented into all major metropolitan and regional police facilities.
  • Five electric vehicle charging stations installed in Police Headquarters to help meet Carbon Neutral Adelaide targets of zero emissions by 2025.
  • Review of solar power and LED lighting upgrades to SAPOL facilities as part of the new State Government energy contract which came into effect on 1 January 2020.

Future Actions

  • SAPOL is a foundation member of Carbon Neutral Adelaide, CitySwitch and a number of other environmental programs. This will continue into the future with SAPOL implementing various initiatives in line with these programs.
  • SAPOL will also be involved with initiatives that are produced by the PCCC. This may include direct action or supporting various government policies.
  • Installation of two solar power systems at two SAPOL facilities in 2020-21.

Motor Vehicles

SAPOL has around 1100 general duties and administrative fleet vehicles that have travelled 33.5 million kilometres during 2019-20.

SAPOL continually assess the composition of the fleet to reduce the environmental impact and have continued replacing six cylinder vehicles with four cylinder vehicles where appropriate. During 2019-20, SAPOL held 448 four cylinder vehicles.

The introduction of hybrid vehicles has further reduced SAPOL’s environmental impact.

There are 392 vehicles in the SAPOL fleet that utilise diesel fuel.

Total Fleet

% 4 Cylinder Passenger


% Diesel











The above table is not a full breakdown of the total fleet but reflects the proportion of specific fuel and vehicle.


Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) initiatives are being considered in all project works being undertaken in SAPOL and project designs as far as practicable addressing the prescribed criteria contained in the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) ESD Guide Note for Planning Design and Delivery.

SAPOL utilise the guidelines of the DIT Green fit out guide and the principles of ESD as a tool when negotiating with the building owners in regards to utilisation of habitable space within a leased facility.

SAPOL includes the overarching ESD objectives; reduce energy, conserve water, reduce waste, reduce pollution, improve indoor environmental quality (IEQ), reduce operating costs when constructing the Sustainable Development Strategy within Strategic Asset Plan Framework for facilities in line with ISO 55001.

Urban design charter

The design of all new police facilities being built by SAPOL are undertaken in the spirit of the Urban Design Charter.

SAPOL recognises the need to provide design solutions that provide best practice passive design measures, with complementary active systems that maximise design outcomes in order to benefit the environment and to comply with the Government Urban Design Charter Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) initiatives and office accommodation standards.

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Contact information

Phone: 7322 3556

Email: cynthia.manners@police.sa.gov.au

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