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LNP promises anti-drone police squad for major events

The LNP has promised to buy eight anti-drone guns that down unmanned aircraft.
The LNP has promised to buy eight anti-drone guns that down unmanned aircraft.

AN ANTI-drone squad for major Queensland events like Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers could become a reality under the LNP.

Opposition leader Tim Nicholls used his trip to the Garden City today to announce a $22 million package of new technology and equipment for the Queensland Police Service as part of the election campaign.

On top of a $108 million pledge for 535 extra police officers across the state, the public safety policy included an anti-drone taskforce, more machine guns for SERT teams and another helicopter in North Queensland.

Tim Nicholls visits Queens Park on Tuesday, November 14, to announce increased police numbers under a future LNP government.
Tim Nicholls visits Queens Park on Tuesday, November 14, to announce increased police numbers under a future LNP government. Matthew Newton

Mr Nicholls said the emerging threat of "drone terrorism" across the world necessitated the promised purchase of eight anti-drone impulse guns from a Sydney company, worth a combined $500,000.

"We know that in the world of terrorism, there are emerging threats (and) one of those emerging threats is the use of drones," he said.

"We will ensure our Queensland Police have the latest technology to deal with the latest threats."

 

Mr Nicholls admitted he hadn't spoken to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which legislates drone-related technology, but would if they won the election.

Public safety has been a major policy commitment from the LNP during the election campaign.

Toowoomba North MP Trevor Watts said events with crowds above 4000, such as the Carnival of Flowers, could use the anti-drone squad but the actual application was a matter for the QPS.

"Obviously the Carnival of Flowers would be a big one, but we've also had a couple of footy games where we're getting 8000 or 10,000 people in one space," he said.

"Once we get over 4000 or 5000 people, we should be considering this sort of technology."

Labor and LNP announced policing policies today, with both parties promising to employ 535 new officers - but over different time frames.

Topics:  qldelection2017 tim nicholls toowoomba


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