Mine jobs luring police inquiry told

THE Police Federation of Australia has told the House of Representatives FIFO inquiry research indicates the loss of police to the mines will "be a big issue over coming years as the mining boom continues".

"By and large police officers cannot earn anywhere near the amount of income that mine employees receive," the PFA submission stated.

"It therefore becomes difficult at times for police departments and governments to retain these members as many seek high incomes by resigning from the police service and taking up mine employment."

The submission said police did not "have the luxury" of being part of a DIDO or FIFO workforce.

Current strategies were predicated on community policing initiatives and police were expected to live in, and become part of, the community in which they served.

"In many DIDO, FIFO locations, the cost of housing, family essentials and other infrastructure is extremely expensive," the submission said. "This places a great financial burden on police officers and their families.

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