THIRTY Australian Federal Police officers based at Gold Coast Airport will today be appointed as special constables in the Queensland Police Service at a special swearing in ceremony.
Although the officers will continue to perform aviation duties at the airport, they will now have additional powers aimed at improving cooperation between the two agencies.
The new appointments support the policing model of being in places to target people and crimes that pose a risk to the community and deploying rapidly to incidents that require a quick response.
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It also strengthens readiness for deployment to planned and unplanned events.
Fifty-nine AFP officers based at the Brisbane Airport were inducted into the Queensland Police Service yesterday.
A further 38 will be appointed as special constables in Cairns next Monday.
The decision to appoint the AFP officers to the special constable role follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the QPS and AFP last year, supporting recommendations made by Roger Beale in his New Realities: National Policing in the 21st Century, Report of the Federal Audit of Police Capabilities.
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the new arrangements would ensure the strong relationship between both police agencies is strengthened even further through providing effective, integrated policing services at the three airports.
Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Peter Drennan said the swearing in of airport-based AFP officers into the State or Territory Police allows for complete clarity in areas of powers, offences and processes.