Labor chops 3rd Police Officer on Gold Coast

11 Feb 2016 3:32 PMJann Stuckey

Labor chops 3rd Police Officer on Gold Coast 

 

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey has accused the Palaszczuk Labor Government of ongoing revenge politics as a third senior police officer is sent packing from their successful crime-stopping duties on the GC.

 

“The transfer of Inspector Shane Holmes back to Brisbane should send a shiver through the spines of Gold Coast residents as Labor prepares to wind back the LNP’s tough criminal motor cycle gang laws,” said Ms Stuckey.

 

“In what can only be described as a vindictive agenda to remove top cops with proven track records from senior positions in the highly effective RAP, Labor have exposed their true colours.

 

“It beggar’s belief that a government who says on one hand that it is committed to reducing crime would dismiss the services and operational experience of three highly respected and crime busting police officers.

 

“First to go back to Brisbane was Superintendent Jim Keogh, next was Assistant Commissioner Brett Pointing and now the latest casualty is Inspector Shane Holmes.

 

“Their local intelligence of the Gold Coast and some of its unsavory characters was invaluable and the confidence shared amongst officers made them a first class crime fighting unit. The men and women of the RAP team didn’t just walk the beat, they busted crims in their homes, their cars and in their corrupt businesses.

 

“Their results speak for themselves – with over 180kg of illicit drugs seized.

 

“Only this week the former Bandido gang member who said he owned the Gold Coast was jailed for running a $26 million drug trafficking empire.

 

“What now of this once mighty and proud unit called RAP? What will happen to morale within it?

We hear that positions are vacant whilst officers are brought in from behind Brisbane desks without crucial operational experience, the type of experience required to stop these thugs in their tracks.

 

“Labor have always been soft on crime and these actions are further proof they haven’t changed under the Palaszczuk Government.

 

[Ends] 11 February 2016