QUEENSLAND’S Police Commissioner has defended her policing strategy on the Gold Coast, amid claims police officers are being stretched to their limit.
Katarina Carroll was forced to address the issue while opening a new police training facility in Brisbane on Monday.
It follows claims from a 30-year veteran police officer, who told Newscorp police on the Gold Coast were at ‘breaking point’ amid the COVID crisis and it was putting citizens at risk.
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“Former police obviously don’t know what’s currently happening in the organisation,” Commissioner Carroll said.
There has been an increase in crime on the Coast in recent weeks, most notably two stabbings in Surfers Paradise, including one that resulted in the death of a young Logan father.
“There was 22 police in that vicinity that night. It was well policed.” Commissioner Carroll said.
“Unfortunately that happens in milliseconds so even if you’re five metres away you might not be able to do anything about it.”
The Commissioner said she was confident Queensland Police had the rostering balance right as police deal with manning the border checkpoints and patrolling hotel quarantine as well as its the usual day-to-day operations.
“We built a lot of agility and flexibility into our rostering,” she said.
“I’ve actually created a semi COVID command just to do with the COVID issue which we deal with quite separately.
“Not only that, we’ve obviously supplemented it with overtime, additional staffing. So I think we’re very sustainable into the future.”
However, the Commissioner admitted the service was dealing with an unprecedented situation.
“We’ll always have challenges. Don’t get me wrong, we’re all under pressure,” she said.
“But do I have concerns about not having the right amount of staff and getting it right? I don’t.
“I think Queenslanders can be very comfortable that we’ve got the balance right.”
Queensland has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
It leaves just eight active cases across the state, including one on the Gold Coast.