Drone task­force floated

LNP pledges more of­fi­cers dur­ing visit

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Tom Gille­spie tom.gille­spie@thechron­i­cle.com.au

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW NEW­TON

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.

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