Police chopper set for Sunshine Coast

THE Sunshine Coast will receive police helicopter capabilities following advice from Queensland Police and strong advocacy from Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay MPs, Premier Steven Miles announced today.

Polair operational capabilities were rolled out earlier this year in Townsville, with authorities saying it has been successful in controlling crime in the region.

As revealed exclusive in the Glasshouse Country and Maleny News earlier this month, Caloundra MP, Jason Hunt, said he was pleading his case for a police chopper to Police Minister Mark Ryan.

The Polair aircraft will be able to assist police officers conducting operations across the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay areas.

The Queensland Police Service will now embark on a procurement process to secure an appropriate aircraft and operator.

Timing for the aerial resource will be announced following its procurement.

“Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay communities have unfortunately experienced a number of very serious stolen vehicle incidents,” Premier, Steven Miles, said today.

The Townsville-based Polair helicopter.

“It’s these sorts of events that an aerial police capability can intercept, reducing the likelihood of further offending or a tragic outcome.

“That’s why we’re taking strong action by providing local police with a Polair helicopter in the Community Safety Plan.

“I want to thank Jason, Rob and Adrian for their advocacy and for fighting for their communities.

“If the helicopter in Townsville is anything to go by, I’m confident this new chopper will make a big difference in keeping Queenslanders safe across the region.:

As Police Minister I am very proud that we are further extending the reach of Polair capabilities across the state.

“The Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay are fast growing regions and that’s not going to stop,” Police Minister Mark Ryan said.

Mr Hunt, said: “This is great news for people on the Sunshine Coast.

“I’ve heard first hand from police just how much difference a Polair helicopter makes to police operations on the ground in Townsville.

“To see that same aerial police capability coming to the Sunshine Coast is very gratifying.”

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