Drone taskforce floated
LNP pledges more officers during visit
AN ANTI-drone squad for major Queensland events like Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers could become a reality under the LNP.
Opposition leader Tim Nicholls used his trip to the Garden City yesterday to announce a $22 million package of new technology and equipment for the Queensland Police Service as part of the election campaign.
On top of a $108 million pledge for 535 extra police officers across the state, the public safety policy included an anti-drone taskforce, more machine guns for SERT teams and another helicopter in North Queensland.
Mr Nicholls said the emerging threat of “drone terrorism” across the world necessitated the promised purchase of eight anti-drone impulse guns from a Sydney company, worth a combined $500,000.
“We know that in the world of terrorism, there are emerging threats (and) one of those emerging threats is the use of drones.
“We will ensure our Queensland Police have the latest technology to deal with the latest threats.”
Mr Nicholls admitted he hadn’t spoken to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which legislates drone-related technology, but would if the LNP won the election.
Toowoomba North MP Trevor Watts said events with crowds above 4000, such as the Carnival of Flowers, could use the squad.
PROMISE: Tim Nicholls, flanked by Toowoomba South MP David Janetzki (left) and Toowoomba North MP Trevor Watts, visited Queens Park to promise increased police numbers under a future LNP government.