Tim plans to shoot down ter­ror drones

Daily Mercury - - NEWS - GEOFF EGAN GEOFF.EGAN@NEWS.COM.AU

AN ANTI-drone squad would be de­ployed to high-risk pub­lic events un­der an LNP gov­ern­ment.

La­bor and LNP an­nounced polic­ing poli­cies yes­ter­day, with both par­ties promis­ing to em­ploy 535 new of­fi­cers – but over dif­fer­ent time frames.

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk promised to hire the new of­fi­cers over four years, in­clud­ing a new elite counter-ter­ror­ism unit. Mr Ni­cholls said the LNP would hire the 535 over three years and fo­cus on coun­ter­ing gang ac­tiv­ity.

Mr Ni­cholls said an LNP gov­ern­ment would sup­ply po­lice with eight anti-drone guns to pro­tect against drone ter­ror at­tacks at ma­jor sport­ing and mu­sic events.

“We will en­sure that our Queens­land po­lice have the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to deal with the lat­est threats, to en­sure that we pro­tect our com­mu­nity against the threat of ter­ror­ism,” he said.

Ms Palaszczuk said a La­bor gov­ern­ment would es­tab­lish a $53 mil­lion counter-ter­ror­ism unit with 85 more of­fi­cers.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Mark Ryan said: “While there is cur­rently no spe­cific threat to Queens­land, we have to be re­al­is­tic about the risk of ter­ror­ism and en­sure the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice has ev­ery re­source they need.”

PHOTO: DAN PELED/AAP

LAW AND OR­DER: Like La­bor, LNP leader Tim Ni­cholls is promis­ing to em­ploy more po­lice.

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