24 Sep 2008 12:06 PMJann Stuckey

September 24 2008

LNP Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey and Shadow Minister for Police and Corrective Services, Vaughan Johnson today announced that an LNP Government would immediately upgrade the Palm Beach Police Station to a fully operational 24 hour police station.

“The LNP is committed to safer local communities and that is why I have launched a number of law and order initiatives today with the Member for Currumbin, including hoon watch and have made a commitment to fund an around the clock police station,” said Mr Johnson.

“This announcement by the Shadow Minister shows once again that the LNP is serious about crime and committed to listening to the residents of Currumbin,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Residents have made it very clear to me that they want more police on the beat, a crackdown on hooning and other disruptive behaviours, and tougher sentences for criminals.

“In April 2006 I tabled a petition with 4798 signatures from concerned residents requesting that the State Labor Government establish a dedicated Tactical Crime Unit for the southern Gold Coast and increase counter operations at Palm Beach Police Station to 24 hours operation as a matter or urgency.

“Together with our local community I have fought tooth and nail on law and order issues and recommendations to implement a range of initiatives in the Currumbin electorate.

“Community engagement and implementation of some of the above strategies have improved the situation in and around Palm Beach but a recent electorate survey of over 3,000 respondents indicated that the majority of residents wanted more police resources and supported a 24 hour serviced police station.

“This Government has had over two years to respond to the increasing demands that growing suburbs place upon police. With dissatisfied police resigning at an alarming rate you would expect the Government to be more supportive.

“The LNP value our police officers and have made a commitment to resource them properly,” said Ms Stuckey