Gold Coast Police will begin a trial of metal-detecting wands tonight in a bid to tackle knife crime.
Changes to the Youth Justice Act passed through Parliament last week, establishing a 12-month trial of the wands in Surfers and Broadbeach.
Police will have the power to randomly stop people in the Gold Coast’s safe night precincts, to scan them for weapons with a wand-like device.
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Superintendent Rhys Wildman says they will have the power to randomly stop people in the safe-night precincts.
“The trial itself is in response to a reported increase in knife-related incidents, including assaults and deaths here on the Gold Coast over the last number of years.
“This increase is a concern for us,” Superintendent Wildman said.
It comes after a 17-year-old Gold Coasters Jack Beasley was stabbed to death in Surfers Paradise back in 2019.
His family have been very vocal in calling for tougher action on knife crime on the Gold Coast.
Jack’s mother Belinda Beasley has welcomed the trial of metal detector wands and believes it will help stop another tragedy like her son’s.
“I have no doubt that if this had been in place back then, this could have been prevented.
“And I really do think this is a big step in the right direction, I’d like to see it rolled out further, but it is a good step in the right direction,” Ms Beasley said.