On Patrol: Join Ipswich police on a wanding operation under Jack’s Law

Day and night across the state, Queensland Police Service (QPS) officers are conducting operations to remove dangerous weapons off our streets and protect communities from the significant harm they cause.

Jack’s Law was introduced in March 2023, following the tragic stabbing death of 17-year-old Jack Beasley on the Gold Coast in 2019.

Jack’s parents, Brett and Belinda Beasley, established the Jack Beasley Foundation in his honour.

The Jack Beasley Foundation work to educate young people on the dangers of carrying knives and advocate for legislative change, like Jack’s Law.

The legislation allows police to use a handheld metal detection scanner, or ‘wand’, to search for weapons in Safe Night Precincts, on public transport and at public transport hubs.

Since Jack’s Law passed, more than 60,000 people have been scanned and more than 580 knives and other weapons have been seized during wanding operations across Queensland.

Scans are quick, averaging a minute or two and require no physical contact by police.

By scanning for, detecting, and removing dangerous weapons from public places, police aim to reduce the harm these weapons cause in the community while educating the public on the risks of unlawfully carrying a weapon.

The latest episode of ‘On Patrol’ takes us behind the scenes of wanding operation at Redbank train station.

While no weapons were detected on this operation, police positively engaged with local community, educating on the dangers of carrying a weapon and QPS’ commitment to continue the fight against knife crime.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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