Counter-ter­ror­ism push

Ad­di­tional polic­ing in night dis­tricts

The Morning Bulletin - - STATE ELECTION - Steph Allen Stephanie.Allen@cap­news.com.au

A COUNTER-ter­ror­ism squad may be hit­ting our state if the Palaszczuk La­bor gov­ern­ment is suc­cess­ful in the com­ing elec­tion, and bring­ing more se­cu­rity within Rock­hamp­ton.

Mem­ber for Mi­rani Jim Pearce said that Rock­hamp­ton po­lice will be able to take more an­nual leave if 85 new of­fi­cers are em­ployed across Queens­land.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of more of­fi­cers will also “make it so much easier to look af­ter of­fi­cers” in Rock­hamp­ton.

Emu Park po­lice sta­tion has upped its two of­fi­cers to four over the last three years un­der the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Mem­ber for Kep­pel Brit­tany Lauga, five of the 85 new of­fi­cers will be spe­cially-trained do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence of­fi­cers.

Min­is­ter for Po­lice and Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices Mark Ryan yes­ter­day an­nounced that as a re­sult of the fund­ing of 400 new of­fi­cers across Queens­land, a fur­ther 50 po­lice po­si­tions will be­come avail­able in the cen­tral polic­ing re­gion.

“One of the things we com­mit­ted to do is to en­sure that we pro­vided ad­di­tional polic­ing re­sponses in our en­ter­tain­ment precincts, and I know Rocky’s got an en­ter­tain­ment precinct here as well as en­ter­tain­ment precincts right across the state,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan be­lieves that the squad will be nec­es­sary as the cur­rent ter­ror­ism threat level for Queens­land is prob­a­ble with no prospects of de­creas­ing in the next few years.

“Most im­por­tantly, of those 50 po­lice po­si­tions there are five do­mes­tic vi­o­lence co­or­di­na­tors,” Mr Ryan said.

“It’s been a trib­ute of our gov­ern­ment that we’ve taken a strong ap­proach to en­sur­ing that we do what­ever we can to re­duce the in­stance of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence but to also pro­vide sup­port to peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and that we hold peo­ple who are per­pe­tra­tors of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence to ac­count.

“One of the things that we’ve taken very se­ri­ously is the ex­pert ev­i­dence ad­vice from the po­lice com­mis­sioner around the re­sources that he needs to keep Queens­lan­ders safe... and the Com­mis­sioner has asked us to pro­vide ad­di­tional fund­ing for 85 ex­tra po­lice and per­son­nel to sup­port a new counter ter­ror­ism com­mand here in Queens­land.”

Mr Ryan said 85 ad­di­tional po­lice of­fi­cers will cre­ate a “spe­cific counter-ter­ror­ism com­mand”, which will en­sure that Queens­land main­tains its po­si­tion as a world leader in coun­tert­er­ror­ism re­sponse.

The Se­cu­rity Counter-Ter­ror­ism Com­mand (SCTC) will cost a to­tal of $53.85 mil­lion over the next four years and will be an ad­di­tion to the 30 counter-ter­ror­ism and 20 ad­di­tional po­lice of­fi­cers al­lo­cated to pri­or­ity ar­eas in the 2017-18 Bud­get.

“Whilst there is no spe­cific threat to Queens­land, we know that we’ve got to keep at the fore­front when it comes to re­sourc­ing our po­lice with counter ter­ror­ism ca­pa­bil­ity,” Mr Ryan said.

“We have an­nounced 50 po­si­tions in the bud­get just gone.

“We an­nounced 400 po­si­tions only last month and I’m an­nounc­ing 85 po­si­tions of per­son­nel and of­fi­cers which takes the to­tal an­nounce­ment by the Palaszczuk La­bor Gov­ern­ment to 535 of­fi­cers and spe­cial­ists.”

Mr Ryan also an­nounced the La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s plans to boost the num­ber of ap­ple iPad QLite polic­ing de­vices for of­fi­cers to 7500, which will pro­vide of­fi­cers with “all the in­for­ma­tion that po­lice need in their hands”.

“So we’ll be pro­vid­ing from this year over the next four years, $20 mil­lion in ad­di­tional sup­port for our po­lice so that we can have more po­lice in our en­ter­tain­ment precincts keep­ing com­mu­ni­ties safe.”

La­bor can­di­date Barry O’Rourke sup­ported this an­nounce­ment at the press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

“I wel­come this an­nounce­ment.

“It is im­por­tant to be able to have re­gional emer­gency re­sponse team scat­tered across the state,” Mr O’Rourke said.

85 (ex­tra) of­fi­cers ... will en­sure Qld main­tains its po­si­tion as a world leader in counter-ter­ror­ism re­sponse.

— Po­lice Min­is­ter Mark Ryan

PHOTO: AL­LAN REINIKKA ROK141117AALP1

MORE COPS: Mem­ber for Mi­rani Jim Pearce, Mem­ber for Kep­pel Brit­tany Lauga, Min­is­ter for Po­lice Mark Ryan and La­bor can­di­date for Rock­hamp­ton Barry O’Rourke make a counter-ter­ror­ism an­nounce­ment.

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