THE HIGH RISK OFFENDER MANAGEMENT TEAM

The High Risk Offender Management Unit (HROMU) is responsible for the management of offenders subject to community supervision under the Dangerous Prisoner (Sex Offenders) Act 2003 (DPSOA). The operational unit comprises the Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance Unit (EMSU) and the Case Management team.

Established in 2006, HROMU has steadily grown and evolved as the numbers of offenders subject to supervision has increased. The introduction of GPS monitoring in 2011 made the use of this technology a central aspect of the unit’s work.

The EMSU carries out surveillance activities, home visits and substance testing for DPSOA offenders in the greater Brisbane region. In addition, the EMSU is responsible for monitoring offenders throughout the state subject to GPS monitoring via the Central Monitoring Room which is operational twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year.

The Case Management team travels to various probation and parole offices throughout the greater Brisbane area to supervise offenders living in community accommodation. The team’s duties include regular interviews with offenders, ongoing risk assessment using a range of tools, liaison with various stakeholders, and review of offenders’ movements and activities using the GPS system. The team is also responsible for coordinating the various forensic psychologists and psychiatrists employed by QCS state-wide to provide treatment to individual offenders.

The strategic and corporate governance function of HROMU is coordinated by the Strategic Risk and Support team. This team is based in central office and coordinates key court processes including contravention, and has oversight of the custodial management of DPSOA offenders.

The Clinical Support Unit (CSU) is located within central office and is responsible for providing clinical advice to improve the quality of case management off all sexual offenders, with a particular focus on higher risk sexual offenders within the Probation and Parole Service. The CSU conducts risk assessments for most sex offenders across the State and provides specialist training to improve best practice management of sexual offenders.

Shweta Parekh, Alex Lowe, Jessica Cross, Daniel Bear, Christine Tunbridge, Bianca Fuller, Melissa Helmore, Hercules Zografos and Louise Smith at the HROMU District Office.

Surveillance Officers, Andrew Collins and Leanne Smith.