New firearms squad created

A NEW Queensland police squad has been formed to track down the source of illegal firearms.

The five-member team will be part of the organised crime investigation unit, says Police Minister Neil Roberts.

The squad's prime target is determining the source of illegal firearms.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said the involvement of firearms in crime had been relatively stable in the past five years.

However, the number of firearms stolen in Queensland increased last year (2011).

"The squad will provide assistance and support to the eight Queensland Police regions across the state," Mr Roberts said.



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