PRESSURE is mounting on the state government to revamp or replace the ageing Beaudesert Police Station.
Beaudesert MP Jon Krause said the brick station, opened in 1981, did not meet the standards required for modern-day policing and an upgrade was needed.
Beaudesert Police Station is currently houses 20 police officers and several detectives spread across two lowset brick buildings, with a separate cell block at the rear of the main building.
In the general duties area, eight workstations are crammed around a long office desk.
Mr Krause said police officers at the station had expressed frustration with the current conditions.
“Officers have spoken to me about the crowding, the old outdated equipment rooms and facilities, as well as an overall lack of space,” he said.
“When you’re trying to fit 20 officers in there it’s very cramped, there’s not a lot of space for people being questioned or for processing people for offences when paperwork needs to be done.”
Mr Krause said it was obvious an urgent upgrade was necessary, particularly with Beaudesert’s growing population and the increased pressure on police.
“It was a police station built for a small town and a small community back in the early 80s, when there was only three or four officers in town.”
Mr Krause conceded that he was aware of the issue as far back as 2012 when he took office, but said a Newman government review in of the station in late 2014 was scuttled by the change of government in January 2015.
He said the project was never budgeted but options at the time included renovations, the addition of demountable buildings or the construction of a new police station on the current site.
Police Minister Bill Bailey confirmed the station underwent a pre-design investigation in 2014 and said the station remained on the state government’s radar as a key project.
“The station will be considered in a future budget in line with other state priorities,” he said.
Mr Krause said the state government also needed to consider a redevelopment of the Beaudesert Magistrates Court that sits adjacent to Beaudesert Police Station, or the possibility of a new complex incorporating a new courthouse and police station.
“It’s pretty clear the community has outgrown the courthouses size, so I think the ideal outcome for Beaudesert is a new facility that incorporates both,” he said.
“If that can’t be achieved for budgetary reasons, a new police station should be the priority.”