Two mobile police stations are on their way to the Gold Coast, in a bid to help stamp out crime across the city.
The mobile stations, which are being described as police beats on wheels, will mean local officers are more visible and accessible in the community.
“The planned mobile police van will be out and about across the community, ready to swiftly respond to community needs,” Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said.
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“It means Gold Coasters will see more police more often on active patrols, which is a win for community safety.”
According to Minister Ryan, the initiative is a national-first and was the brain child of Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll.
“The police commissioner came up with the idea and came to Government and said could we support her in this idea and we said absolutely,” he said.
“We can’t point to another example so that’s why it’s probably a national first and we’re thinking it could even be the first in the world”.
While the mobile police stations can move around anywhere, it’s understood one will be based on the northern Gold Coast, while the other will be based further south.
“They will be deployed as required by police, so if there is a particular issue in a particular neighbourhood at some point, the mobile police beat could be deployed there for a period of time,” Minister Ryan said.
“But it could also be deployed to major events , schools, public transport areas, or anything where police want to have a more visible presence.”
Minister Ryan said it allows police to do “everything they normally do at a police station, but in the back of a van.”