South East Queensland will have its second permanent police helicopter thanks to a partnership with Surf Life Saving Queensland.
The Newman Government will fulfill its commitment to have two helicopters for the South-East Queensland region by July this year.
Acting Premier Jeff Seeney and Acting Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services John McVeigh announced the helicopter would be provided through a two-year partnership with Surf Life Saving Queensland.
“We look forward to continuing our partnerships with Surf Life Saving Queensland to help protect our communities in the South East and across the state,” Mr Seeney said.
Surf Life Saving Queensland chief operating officer George Hill said the organisation was committed to supplying an important service to the community.
“Surf Lifesaving Queensland has worked with the police to operate its helicopter on the Gold Coast since 2012, and we remain committed to delivering a world-class aerial patrol and surveillance service for the Queensland community.”
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart assures the police helicopter is an important tool in preventing, detecting and solving crime.
“It has proven valuable in performing a range of policing functions such as searching for offenders and missing persons, identifying drug crops and managing traffic and major events,” Commissioner Stewart said.
The deployment of the second helicopters will give police an even greater capacity to combat crime across the South East region and training of tactical flight officers has already started.
The helicopter will be based at Archerfield in Brisbane.
Mr Seeney said the second helicopter would help ensure the safety of patrolling officers and Queenslanders.
“It’s all part of ensuring more of our officers are on the beat, not behind desks. With more police patrolling the streets and an extra pair of eyes in the sky, it will only make them safer.”