THE GOLD COAST is set to become a lot safer thanks to a new partnership between the City of Gold Coast and the Queensland Police Service.
Both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at a Safer Suburbs Forum this morning.
Under the MOU, the City’s Local Law officers will conduct joint patrols with Queensland Police Service officers.
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Public areas will be patrolled on a weekly basis and will initially cover from Surfers Paradise, Palm Beach and Burleigh Heads, but will have the capacity to operate across the city.
Mayor Tate said the agreement cemented the City-Police relationship.
“We’re committed to working closely. We all want safer suburbs and stronger communities,” he said.
Acting Chief Superintendent Des Lacy supports the working relationship which will provide a collaborative approach to the policing of local issues.
“The concept will utilise the resources of both agencies to appropriately plan compliance activities, providing a consistent approach to enhancing community safety in public spaces,” Acting Chief Superintendent Lacy said.
Patrols will enforce the City’s local laws such as illegal camping and touting, while police may perform street checks and monitor public behaviour. The patrols will be able to investigate current issues and respond to public feedback.
Mayor Tate said another outcome of the Safer Suburbs Forum was a new joint agency compliance operation targeting licensed premises.
“These regular checks involve City, Queensland Police Service, Office of Liquor Gaming and Regulation and Queensland Fire & Emergency Services visiting licensed premises to ensure venues are adhering to local and state laws,” Cr Tate said.
The Safer Suburbs Forum brings together community, business and liquor industry representatives to map out concrete actions for improving safety, including reducing alcohol-related violence.