A new police hub unveiled on the Gold Coast today is being labelled a game changer, with the impressive facility giving officers faster access to the Pacific Motorway and other major local roads.
Minister for Police Mark Ryan and Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll officially opened the brand-new Arundel Police Hub at a special ceremony today.
Minister Ryan said the facility is a huge win not only for our hardworking officers, but the whole city.
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“The future of policing is agile, flexible and borderless and this Police Hub is well-positioned to maximise safety and response times for the Coast,” Mr Ryan said.
“It’s centrally located with easy access to both the northern and southern corridors of the Gold Coast via the M1, allowing for quick response times across the city.”
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll says the purpose built, state-of-the-art facility will house both the Rapid Action Patrol Group and the Dog Squad and will target high risk offenders committing crimes across the city.
“This is an exciting moment for the Gold Coast District, as the new facility is designed to support police operations across the region,” Commissioner Carroll said.
“The new complex includes a dayroom with 104 workstations, a gymnasium and a purpose-built Dog Squad facility.
“Various operational areas will also be located within the facility, including the Gold Coast Rapid Action Patrol Group which focuses on drug offenders, domestic violence offenders and outlaw motorycle gangs.”
The convenience of the location of the hub means officers will be able to respond to crimes on the northern end of the city within minutes.
“Under normal driving conditions Coomera is about 6 minutes, but if we’re going under urgent duty driving we can get there a lot quicker,” the Commissioner said.
Ms Carroll also confirmed that officers are called to about 40 or 50 high risk jobs each day across the Gold Coast, which is why this hub is so important.
Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon was also present for the official opening of the facility this morning, and said she was pleased to see the facility finally up and running.
“The Queensland Police Service is truly world class and our hardworking officers deserve the best,” Ms Scanlon said.
“The State Government continues to deliver better services for a safer Gold Coast.”