Queensland Shadow Minister for Police & Emergency Services Glen Elmes
LNP Welcomes Police Help From NSW
Victor P Taffa
The Announcement of Fifty-Five New South Wales Police travelling to Queensland to join the fight against looting was welcomed today by the State Opposition.
Shadow Minister for Police, Glen Elmes said Queensland’s Police were already being stretched to the limit in their search and rescue efforts, as well as flood recovery logistics and general duties.
“The convoy of support coming up from New South Wales will be welcomed by Police and community alike.” Mr. Elmes said.
“They will be sworn in as Special Constables and as such, will have exactly the same Powers as Officers from the Queensland Police Service, giving them the lawful ability to arrest looting offenders.”
“A total of Two Hundred Police will be travelling North from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, to work with their Queensland Counterparts to establish anti-looting Patrols.” Mr. Elmes said.
“This disaster is of a scale never seen before and our Police are stretched.”
“More reports of looting have been confirmed in recent days which have resulted in more arrests.” Mr. Elmes said.
“The increase in the number of charges for looting shows Queensland needs to throw the book at these low lives.”
“I would like to reiterate calls made by my colleague and Shadow Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie, to name and shame looters.”
“Looters should be forced to perform public clean up duties in flood affected areas of Queensland as well as the prescribed penalties.” Mr. Elmes said.