FRONTLINE services will be improved, stations upgraded and resources rolled out to the Queensland Police Service as part of the Newman Government’s strong plan for a strong future.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the Government was committed to keeping Queenslanders safe and the 2014-15 Budget delivered two billion dollars for policing.
“Since the Newman Government’s election, we have delivered 750 extra police as part of our commitment of 1,100 addition officers over four years,” Mr Dempsey said.
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“As part of the 2014-15 Budget, we are providing $109.4 million for these additional officers and the recruitment of a further 267 officers who will provide safer streets, and better services for communities from the Cape to Coolangatta.
Six million dollars has been allocated to the operation of the two police helicopters on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.
The 2014-15 Budget also includes $37.9 million for new police vehicles and more than $22 million to renew Queensland Police Service operation equipment, communications centres and mobile policing facilities.
Other provisions within the 2014-15 Budget included:
- Almost $110 million for capital works, information technology and other essential equipment;
- $15.7 million for information and technology upgrades and improvements including mobile services, the Public Safety Network and renewed communications equipment;
- $8.1 million to commence relocation of the Coolum Police Station and upgrades to the Forensic Service Facility in Brisbane, and the Nanango and Kingaroy Police Stations;
- $4.9 million to deliver upgraded police facilities at Thursday Island, Laidley and Chinchilla police stations, and the Brisbane City and Redland Bay Water Police;
- $3.1 million to deliver police catamarans for Cairns, Whitsunday’s and Townsville;
- One million dollars for Neighbourhood Watch and Crimestoppers as part of the Government’s four year election commitment;
- $920,000 towards the operations of two dedications Rapid Action Policing Hubs on the Gold Coast and in Townsville.