The state government’s wanding trial on the Gold Coast has already proved successful, with the arrest of a 16-year-old in Surfers Paradise this week.
The 12-month trial got underway at the Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach safe night precincts this month, in an attempt to cut down on knife crime.
It gives police officers the power to use metal-detecting wands to search members of the public for weapons.
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A 16-year-old has become one of the first arrests as a result of the trial after he was wanded in Surfers Paradise on Thursday night.
He was stopped near a light rail station just after 6.00 pm before police allegedly discovered a large knife, homemade shiv, methylamphetamine and drug utensils concealed on the boy from Redland Bay.
He was arrested at the scene and has since been charged with one count each of possessing a knife in a public place, possessing dangerous drugs and possessing drug utensils.
Police have released footage of the search and the arrest.
The Gold Coast’s wanting trial is now in its fourth weekend of operation, with police confirming they’ve scanned over 300 people.
From that, eight people have been arrested, including one juvenile (details above). It’s understood a man was also arrested at the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival.
Gold Coast District Acting Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman says the trial is very successful so far, with officers already reported a reduction of knife-related crime.