Police Minister backs GPS systems for Gold Coast criminals

Queensland’s Police Minister Mark Ryan has rubbished claims  Gold Coast criminals aren’t being tracked by their court sanctioned GPS units.

Various reports said some GPS units ran out of battery, couldn’t connect to 3G or took days to be attached to the offender.

Mr Ryan said these comments were “wrong, ridiculous and reckless.”


“Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says the tracking system in place on the Gold Coast is world class and represents best practise, and Mr Speaker, that’s why it’s used by many public safety agencies internationally,” he told parliament this morning.

“The Commissioner has also confirmed yet again, the trackers are monitored in real-time, every second of every day.”

Yesterday, LNP MP Ros Bates asked Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to make GPS trackers readily available on the Gold Coast.

Minister Ryan explained the GPS units are kept with police and they can be transported to where they’re needed in an appropriate time frame.

“If a Gold Coast based Magistrate orders a tracker, that can be delivered to the court within hours if the court requires it,” he said.

“Let’s be clear because the bail act is clear, it is only after a court has granted bail that consideration of a tracker take place – in other words these people will be on bail regardless.”