The Shadow Emergency Services Minister has expressed his frustration at the lack of resources police have at their disposal in the Scenic Rim.
Tim Mander joined Beaudesert MP Jon Krause last week, to tour some of the region’s police stations.
Mr Mander said he noticed some problems when visiting the Beaudesert and Canungra stations.
“Currently two permanent police cars are being shared between the Canungra and Tamborine stations, where 16 police officers are currently employed,” he said.
“The lack of resources for our officers is not only putting them at risk, but also putting the community at risk.”
Mr Mander said it was totally unacceptable that officers are forced to use their own vehicles or in some cases walk to the scene of an alleged crime.
“This puts added pressure on police because it increases the time it takes to respond to the incident,” he said.
“The last thing you want is to have officers out on a job, whether it be a fatal accident or an armed robbery, to be rushing their investigations because the car is needed on another job.”
Mr Mander said to keep up with demand an extra two cars were needed across the Canungra and Tamborine stations with each additional car costing $50000.
Mr Krause said it was incumbent on the state government to fund the addition of the extra permanent cars.
“These stations cover such a large area and to do that with only two cars just is not good enough,” he said.
“Policing is essential in this area, especially given the high amount of traffic incidents that occur here, so having easy access to respond is critical.”
Mr Mander also visited the Beaudesert police station and said while the amount of resources there was acceptable, the size of the station was not.
“This station was built in the 1980s when there was only a handful of officers based here,” he said.
“It is now outdated and simply not large enough for more than 20 officers who work here.
“It makes it difficult when you are trying to interview a witness and you also bring in the perpetrator and they are in such a cramped environment.”
Mr Krause said plans were progressing toward an upgrade to the station, but said it would need to be future-proofed.
“As our community grows, the need for more officers will come,” he said.
“I take my hat off to the police who currently work in such close proximity to each other.”