- LNP will trial a new police policy in Townsville to ensure our hard-working officers are equipped with the resources they needs to keep North Queenslanders safe
- The Queensland Police Union have long been calling for the no-pursuit policy to be scrapped so police aren’t trying to do their job with one hand tied behind their backs
- The Townsville police pursuit trial is only possible because of the LNP’s commitment towards a dedicated North Queensland police helicopter
A Tim Nicholls-led Liberal National Party government will trial a new police pursuit policy in Townsville targeting car theft and hooning offences.
LNP Leader Tim Nicholls said the new police pursuit policy formed part of its $25.9 million North Queensland Crime Action Plan.
“The argument is fairly simple - if we trust police to use discretion when using lethal force then we should trust them to be able to pursue an offender,” Mr Nicholls said.
“It has got to a ridiculous stage where offenders are doing burnouts in the police station car park and exploiting the current laws knowing that the police can’t and won’t pursue them.
“I know for a fact that it frustrates our frontline police no end – we can’t expect our police to do their jobs if we send them out on the streets with one hand tied behind their back.”
Mr Nicholls said the police pursuit trial formed part of the LNP’s comprehensive plan to provide safe and liveable communities.
“We must ensure the public’s safety is at the forefront of any decision to pursue an offender in a police vehicle,” he said.
“The Queensland Police Union have long been calling for the no-pursuit policy to be scrapped so police aren’t trying to do their job with one hand tied behind their backs.
“QPU president Ian Leavers said this year* the current laws were ‘a dismal failure and should be consigned to the wastepaper bin and it was bad policy’.
“The guidelines for police pursuits will be clearly set out and practical.
“There needs to be checks and balances because we don’t want a repeat of the tragic deaths seen between June 2005 and July 2008 associated with police pursuits.”
LNP Shadow Police Minister Tim Mander said the police pursuit trial would be complemented by the LNP’s commitment towards a dedicated North Queensland police helicopter.
“The police helicopter will be on call 24 hours per day, seven days per week and will be invaluable in helping police during a pursuit,” Mr Mander said.
“We are 100 per cent committed to ensuring our police service is equipped with the resources it needs to keep North Queenslanders safe.
“Having an eye in the sky to monitor what is happening and provide real-time intelligence to police on the ground is invaluable, especially when officers are pursuing an offender.
“The state-of-the-art equipment on board the helicopter also allows our officers to record high quality footage that can be used as evidence in court cases.”