Lauga welcomes two more police officers at Emu Park
PROTECTION against crime in Emu Park has received a significant boost with the appointment of two new full-time officers at the Emu Park Police Station, the Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said today.
"Staffing at the Emu Park Police Station is something I've been passionate about for some time," Mrs Lauga said.
"I ran a campaign in 2014 when the former Government did not replace an officer at the station following retirement.
"Emu Park had only one full time officer, who was also on call 24\7 and which put a lot of pressure on that officer and his family.
"At the time there was a child who stepped on a syringe in Bell Park and the single local police officer at the time told me that he didn't have sufficient resources to be doing active patrols and crime in the area was also on the rise.
"I'm proud the station will now have four full-time officers thanks to the Palaszczuk Government, which is a commensurate level of service to the population of Emu Park and surrounds and which will now also provide improved response times.
"The Palaszczuk Government announced funding for these officers in its first Budget earlier this year, and the placement of two more law enforcement officers for the growing areas of Emu Park and Zilzie."
"The interview process for new officers is expected to begin within a week, and the new appointees should take up their new roles in January 2016."
Mrs Lauga said the funding of the two officers was part of the Palaszczuk Government's total spend of more than $2 billion during the 2015-2016 year.
"This includes the appointment of 266 new police officers statewide to keep our communities safer, including the new Emu Park officers," Mrs Lauga said.
"The overall crime rate for the Capricornia District has decreased by 6.2%, which is a laudable reflection on the great work performed by officers and senior personnel managers, including District Officer Ron Van Saane.
"Witnessing the moving scenes of the QFRS Remembrance Day ceremony last week confirmed my opinion that we, as a community, must not leave the fight against crime to just the Queensland Police Force.
"We need to be the eyes and ears of the fight against crime and support our officers, as well as welcoming them into the communities in which they serve.
"I'm certain the communities of Emu Park and Zilzie will do just that."