Local MPs join forces to tackle cross border law and order issues

31 Jan 2014 4:11 PMJann Stuckey

31 January 2013

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest MP today convened a cross-border meeting of high ranking police officials from Queensland and New South Wales.

Ms Stuckey and Mr Provest were joined by QLD Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing, QLD Superintendent Jim Keogh, NSW Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy, NSW Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey and Tweed-Byron LAC Detective Superintendent Stuart Wilkins to discuss law and order issues relevant to the border communities they represent.

“Given the recent developments surrounding criminal motorcycle organisations, it is vitally important that officers and state government representatives from both states work closely to stamp out illegal behaviour,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Living in a cross border community presents a unique set of challenges, and today’s meeting indicates that NSW and QLD authorities are communicating and working cooperatively towards keeping our streets safe.

“Residents have a right to feel safe in their neighbourhoods and the Newman Government has demonstrated their unwavering commitment to this through recent legislation and extra police resources on the Gold Coast under Taskforce Takeback.”

Mr Provest said the NSW government recently announced the allocation of 90 additional police officers for the Northern NSW region.

“The NSW Police Force, with the Gangs Squad, Operation Talon and Strike Force Raptor, is well equipped, with excellent resources and strong legislative powers and will go wherever they are needed,” Mr Provest said.

“Just this week there have been several successful raids in linked operations between NSW & QLD where weapons, cash and drugs have been seized and numerous arrests made.

“Police in NSW are working cooperatively with their counterparts in Queensland and with Australian Federal Police to combat the challenges of law enforcement across borders,” Mr Provest said.