The Courier-Mail

COAST COP WINS PROMOTION

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THE Gold Coast’s top cop, who has led the police response to Queensland’s controvers­ial border closures, has been promoted.

Chief Superinten­dent Mark Wheeler is one of four new assistant commission­ers.

Supt Wheeler has impressed the police hierarchy and government with his handling of the Coast’s border closures during the pandemic.

In a mammoth logistic operation, more than one million vehicles were processed through the Coast’s five border checkpoint­s, with almost 30,000 people refused entry and 5000-plus ordered into hotel quarantine.

The other new assistant commission­ers are Brian Swan (currently Logan district officer), Katherine Innes (currently acting assistant commission­er, Crime and Intelligen­ce Command) and Brian Connors (currently Operations Support Command).

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