It’s been revealed new police officers will finally be delivered on the Gold Coast, all to be stationed in the northern corridor.
At an announcement of a new police station in Pimpama this morning, it was also announced that we can expect 20 new officers within this financial year.
Police Minister Mark Ryan says there are still more on the way, but this is a fantastic start for the city’s north.
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“We have made a commitment to the Gold Coast that we will be delivering an extra 44 positions by the end of 2021/22.
“Those positions will be delivered on time.
“The commissioner’s just announced that this financial year, 20 of those 44 positions will be delivered on the Gold Coast.
“How they’re allocated is a matter for the Queensland Police Service. I trust them to make those decisions, they’re the experts in policing,” Minister Ryan said.
Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins then revealed exactly where those new officers will be positioned.
“Those 20 that have been allocated, that the Commissioner just announced this morning – which we’re very thankful for, thanks Commissioner – those 20 will be allocated to the northern corridor.
“Prior to this establishment being built, they will be allocated between Coomera and Nerang, which is a significantly good thing for us,” Assistant Commissioner Wilkins said.
The new police station will be co-located with the new $3 million Queensland Fire and Emergency Services on a 2.4-hectare block at the corner of Cox and Yawalpah roads in Pimpama.
Construction of the new Queensland Fire and Emergency Services facility will get underway later this year, to be completed in 2021.
The rest of the land will be allocated to Queensland Police, with scope and design work to begin this financial year, and hopes it will be operational in 2022.
Queensland Police Service Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the new facility would be a positive development for the future of the area.
“It represents the expansion of the community in Pimpama and the northern Gold Coast surrounds.
“The expanding population and infrastructure in this northern area of the Gold Coast sees an increase for service delivery and the provision of an appropriate community safety response.
“A new facility will mean police will have new ways of meeting community needs as this already established community continues to evolve and grow.
“This is an exciting announcement for the Gold Coast, and an opportunity to demonstrate the adaptability of local police as they evolve to meet community needs,” Commissioner Carroll said.