BIG RAP FOR COPS

A be­hind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day op­er­a­tions of Gold Coast po­lice has had a huge im­pact on phone calls made to Crime Stop­pers

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

Crime Stop­pers has be­come a gold mine of in­for­ma­tion since Gold Coast Cops started air­ing, says one of the Glit­ter Strip’s high­est rank­ing of­fi­cers.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Jim Keogh says the Net­work Ten ob­ser­va­tional TV se­ries has ed­u­cated the public on the way tip-offs are han­dled and how the po­lice carry out their op­er­a­tional du­ties.

He says since the first sea­son went to air last Septem­ber, the num­ber of calls and the qual­ity of tip-offs to Crime Stop­pers has been stag­ger­ing.

“I was over­whelmed with the re­sponse from the com­mu­nity and the up­shot is the sup­port in the com­mu­nity back into Crime Stop­pers,” Keogh says.

“We are cer­tainly see­ing an in­crease in in­for­ma­tion com­ing in.” Gold Coast Cops is about Su­per­in­ten­dent Keogh’s Rapid Ac­tion Pa­trol (RAP), which was cre­ated af­ter a mas­sive bikie street brawl at Broad­beach in 2013.

RAP started out with 50 of­fi­cers and that num­ber has now swelled to now com­prise 10 teams of 10 of­fi­cers.

The sec­ond sea­son of Gold Coast Cops aired on Tues­day night and Keogh says the first episode cap­tured a mas­sive raid which was largely due to a Crime Stop­pers tip-off.

“There is a raid in episode one which will go down as one of the big­gest raids ever done by RAP, worth well over half a mil­lion dol­lars,” he says.

“While we had some pieces in the puz­zle, the com­mu­nity had other pieces which formed the puz­zle.” He says the public are now see­ing the re­sult of the in­for­ma­tion they pro­vide and they can see their calls and tips-offs are not be­ing spo­ken to a tin ear.

“It’s based on the be­lief that they can see their call is go­ing to be taken se­ri­ously and we will look into it and they can see we are get­ting on top of it.

“The land­scape on the Gold Coast now from what we saw in Septem­ber, 2013 when the bike brawl hap­pened is world’s apart.” Keogh says even Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate has warmed to the show since the first sea­son went to air.

Tate pre­vi­ously stated that he was “ap­palled” by the se­ries.

Sea­son 2 be­gan film­ing in mid-De­cem­ber and takes in the fes­tive sea­son of Christ­mas, New Year and Australia Day.

The se­ries also in­cludes po­lice pa­trolling the Gold Coast canals, which have be­come a popular way for drug couri­ers to make de­liv­er­ies.

Pic­ture: ADAM HEAD

Gold Coast RAP squad boss Jim Keogh says

Gold Coast Cops

has en­er­gised calls to Crime Stop­pers.

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