Call for tactical response team

THE aftermath of the weekend's shocking vandalism attack is still resonating through the community, with calls for police numbers to be increased to tackle youth offending.

Local man Johno Felton said he admired the hard work of the Warwick police and they needed to be supported with additional resources to deal with the growing number of trouble-makers.

"We need more detectives and we need a tactical response team to come out when nobody's expecting them and patrol the streets," Mr Felton said.

The long-term resident said it was time for people to unite against violence and anti-social behaviour.

"As a community we need to stand up and say we're not going to tolerate it," he said.

Mr Felton said if the community accepted this kind of behaviour from offenders, people would soon be forced to invest in "three-metre-high fences and savage dogs" to protect themselves.

A police spokesman said there were currently 95 police officers stationed in Warwick - a slight increase in numbers from the past five years.

He denied there was a need for more officers and said resources were "adequate" to meet the current policing demands.

"The Warwick police station is currently at full police strength and officers work shift work operating on a 24-hours, seven-days-per-week basis," the spokesman said.

"It is unfortunate that the offences of the past week end occurred, however police have investigated ... and offenders have been located and placed before the courts."

The spokesman said extra officers were rostered on to deal with the weekends and during major events.


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