Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has promised to crack down on terrorism if re-elected, creating a Queensland specific elite counter-terrorism unit.
The Security Counter-Terrorism Command (SCTC) would cost $53.85 million over the next four years and would provide 85 new officers and specialists.
In total, it would bring the number of police recruited over the next four years to 535, with 513 of these to go on the frontline and 22 specialists to focus on global terrorism, security and intelligence.
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The SCTC would also have its own dedicated Assitant Commissioner.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said this is a proactive step to protect the state.
“While there is currently no specific threat to Queensland we have to be realistic about the risk of terrorism and ensure the Queensland Police Service has every resource they need to maintain an advantage over those who would harm us,” he said.
“Prevention is the first line of defence which is why it is so important that the frontline officers of the SCTC are adequately supported by the team of experts and led by their own dedicated Assistant Commissioner.”
Part of the new command would also include an emergency response team based in North Queensland, which would be able to respond rapidly to any threats in regional areas of the state.
Primarily, the new unit would be based out of the proposed Westgate Counter-Terrorism facility at Wacol.