The LNP has promised to boost police resources on the northern Gold Coast, if it wins next month’s state election.
The party has committed to strengthen police numbers, promising 80 additional officers over the next year.
40 of those will be deployed to the new Pimpama station, as soon as it’s open. While the other 40 will be introduced over the coming term.
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LNP Leader Deb Frecklington made the announcement in Coomera today, alongside Member for Coomera Michael Crandon and Member for Theodore Mark Boothman.
She says it’s clear that the Gold Coast needs more police resources.
“Under the Palaszczuk Labor Government, the thin blue line has never been thinner and I make absolutely no apologies for investing in these stronger measures.
“The LNP’s strong plan also includes scrapping Labor’s soft ‘catch and release’ laws, bring back breach of bail, 24/7 monitoring of youth offenders on bail, amendments to the Youth Justice Act, mandatory detention for a third conviction and establish community payback farms.
“A vote for the LNP is a vote for tougher laws, more police and safer communities,” Ms Frecklington said.
LNP Member for Coomera Michael Crandon said Labor has completely lost touch of community expectations when it comes to law and order.
“The Northern Gold Coast is the fastest growing region in Queensland,” Mr Crandon said.
“These 80 additional officers, over and above current numbers, will almost double the officers working from Coomera Police Station and the hard fought for Pimpama Police Station.
“Under Labor, assaults on the Gold Coast increased by 132 per cent, shop stealing soared by 126 per cent, unlawful use of a motor vehicle has gone up 62 per cent and robbery has experienced a 42 per cent rise.”
The announcement follows two horror stabbing incidents in Surfers Paradise this week, with one resulting in a man losing his life.