Premier announces Police boom, but LNP not buying into ‘election eve con’

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has stoked speculation she is about to call an election by announcing a boost in Policing numbers.

An additional 400 police officers will be added to the ranks over the next four years, with the Gold Coast expected to receive around 44 of the recruits.

“These appointments to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) will boost the police presence in communities from the far north to the Gold Coast,” the Premier said during a media conference at the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Academy in Oxley on Saturday morning.


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“We will boost resources for key areas of policing such as counter terrorism, serious organised crime and domestic violence,” Ms Palaszczuk added.

24 of the 400 recruits are specially-trained in the area of domestic and family violence as a result of recommendations by the Not Now, Not Ever report.

However, the state opposition has labelled the announcement “an election eve con”.

“In the last year alone we have seen 40 frontline police officers cut on the Gold Coast,” LNP Shadow Police Minister Tim Mander said in a statement.

Ms Palaszczuk continues to dodge questions about when she will call an election, with speculation rife she will ask Governor Paul de Jersey on Sunday.

But, the Premier insists the only ‘visit’ she has planned for tomorrow is to take her Nanna flowers.

A date of November 25 is one of the last viable election day options before the end of the year.

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