POLICE BOOST: 150 sworn officers to be deployed to Central Police Region over the next five years. Picture: Zizi Averill
POLICE BOOST: 150 sworn officers to be deployed to Central Police Region over the next five years. Picture: Zizi Averill

150 extra police to hit the beat in Central Queensland

AT LEAST 150 sworn police officers will be deployed to Central Queensland over the next five years.

The new officers will be allocated to the Central Police Region, which includes Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone.

The beefed up police presence is part of a $624 million investment over five years to deliver more than 2000 new Queensland Police Service employees and 25 mobile police beats.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was the biggest increase in police resourcing in almost 30 years.

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"Of those (2000 new QPS workers) 1,450 will be deployed to the frontline which means at least 150 positions will be located per key region across the state," she said.

"We're also investing in the future of policing with 25 mobile police vans that will take police into the heart of the community so that people see more police, more often.

"From these mobile police vans officers will be able to take crime reports, victims' statements, conduct field interviews and above all boost safety with a more visible police presence."

The $624 million is already secured and will not be dependent on the outcome of the October state election.

Annastacia Palaszczuk at the Police academy at Oxley. Picture: Annette Dew
Annastacia Palaszczuk at the Police academy at Oxley. Picture: Annette Dew

Police Minister Mark Ryan said more police on the frontline and mobile police beats meant that local police would be more visible in the community.

"This massive boost to police resources will support the vision of the QPS Commissioner for the QPS to become an even more responsive, agile and effective policing service," Mr Ryan said.

Earlier this month, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington pledged to provide an extra 25 police officers in Mackay if the party wins the state election.

The party, if elected, would also set up two dedicated task forces - one focused on gang crime and another for carjacking.

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