“Be vigilant, not alarmed”: Queensland’s Police Commissioner on terror threat

QUEENSLAND’S top cop has moved to reassure the people in his state that they are safe following last weekend’s major counter-terrorism operation in Sydney.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says there remains no specific threat of a terror attack in Queensland after security agencies foiled an alleged plot to blow up an international passenger plane in Sydney.

Commissioner Stewart said the Queensland Police Service was receiving regular updates on the ongoing operation.


“We have all been concerned and disturbed at what our interstate and federal colleagues have uncovered in Sydney,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“But I want to stress that this thorough investigation has been confined to NSW and there is no connection to Queensland.

“At no time has this investigation identified any threat to Queensland, nor have there been any links established between the New South Wales persons of interest and anyone in Queensland.”

The Commissioner, however, has urged Queenslanders to remain vigilant and not be alarmed.

“The safety of all Queenslanders is my top priority and today is a timely reminder that while there is no need to be alarmed, it is important to be vigilant,” he said.

“The QPS very much values the strong partnerships we have with the community and I want to urge people to continue to work with us and pass information onto us to help keep everyone safe.

“Be vigilant, be aware and comfortable that if you do see or hear something suspicious that you can call the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by visiting your local police.”

The Commonwealth Government yesterday lowered the terror threat level posed to Australia’s aviation industry from ‘probable’ to ‘possible’.

Australia’s National Terrorism Threat Level remains at ‘probable’.