Hendra Police Boost
A major boost to policing is underway in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, with an additional 10 Tactical Crime Squad police officers joining Hendra Police Station.
Member for Nudgee, Leanne Linard, announced the community safety blitz, titled ‘Operation Hendra Reduce’ last week.
“Following concerns raised with me by our community, I met with the Commissioner of Police and Minister for Police to push hard for more police and police resources to boost community safety in our area,” Ms Linard said.
“I thank the Commissioner and Minister for taking those concerns seriously and responding accordingly.
“Operation Hendra Reduce’ will see high volume, high visibility patrols, and boosted covert initiatives to detect, deter, prevent and prosecute offenders,” Ms Linard said.
Targeting crime in Nundah, Wavell Heights, Northgate and Banyo, the operation will concentrate on reducing the offences of:
- Unlawful use of motor vehicles;
- Unlawful entry of vehicles;
- Unlawful entry of dwellings and businesses; and
- Stealing from vehicles.
“My community will see more police more often. That is what our community called for and that is what I have delivered,” Ms Linard said.
The Queensland Police Service seeks support from members of the community to report suspicious activity and to also assist in the prevention of offences by securing vehicles and residences, locking away valuable items, recording serial numbers or having items inscribed to allow easy identification.
Ms Linard said the squad would use automatic number plate recognition equipment to detect stolen vehicles and Polair helicopters for dangerous pursuits.
“I’m also pleased to announce that bicycle patrols will also begin, with additional police officers, in a three-to six-month trial,” Ms Linard said.