Canungra and North Tamborine now two-car operations, says police minister

NEW WHEELS: Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause gives the thumbs-up to the new North Tamborine vehicle with Sergeant Mark Shields of North Tamborine Police. Photo: Supplied
NEW WHEELS: Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause gives the thumbs-up to the new North Tamborine vehicle with Sergeant Mark Shields of North Tamborine Police. Photo: Supplied

CANUNGRA Police Station has been allocated a new police vehicle and Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause says it is about time.

"After more than 3 years of my lobbying for this outcome, I am pleased the government has finally listened and delivered additional vehicles," he said.

The Queensland Police Service said the decision was made after careful consideration of a range of factors including examination of calls for service data, crime trend analysis and population statistics.

They said the decisions were always made by senior police management, free of political interference.

Mr Krause said his June 11 question as to when Canungra and North Tamborine police stations could expect additional vehicles was only tabled in Parliament on July 11 and the news released on the same day.

"It's not every day a Minister for Police puts out a specific media release announcing a new police vehicle for a station of eight officers, but they did for this one," he said.

"Persistent lobbying by me on behalf of the community has ensured this decision was made - I was fighting for this matter as recently as four weeks ago in the budget debate in Parliament, and in asking yet another question in Parliament about the matter.

"It's a big win for Canungra and Tamborine Mountain.

"I support our police as they work to protect and serve the community and that's why I have been fighting non-stop for more than three years to get the government to deliver the vehicles these police stations need.

"Clearly one vehicle for eight officers - that's what it was - was just not good enough.

"Using private vehicles, or at worst, not being able to attend police incidents because of lack of transport, was not good enough for our community.

"The operational need for these vehicles has existed for a long time, and I'm pleased it has been addressed - it clearly shouldn't have taken so long.

"This is a good result for Canungra and Tamborine Mountain, one that is long overdue."

Police Minister Mark Ryan said the Queensland Police Service advised him it had allocated the new car to Canungra after a comprehensive review.

"The police constantly review all options available to ensure the best possible service is provided to the people of Queensland, no matter where they live.

"Canungra now joins North Tamborine Police Station as a two-car policing operation.

"The allocation of an extra police car may not sound like a big deal to people living in metropolitan areas, but it illustrates what modern policing is all about.

"The Queensland Police is acknowledged internationally as a world class operation and that is partly based on the service's adoption of a borderless policing philosophy with an emphasis on mobility and agility.

"And thanks to the adoption of the latest technology like the QLiTE tablet devices that police now carry, they spend far less time at the office and a lot more time on the road."

Mr Ryan said it meant communities would see more police out on the street, more often.

"It also means police need the vehicles to keep them moving," he said.

"The people of Canungra and the surrounding region can always be assured the Queensland Police Service is constantly evaluating strategies to act in their best interests.".