Safety Plan Delivers More Police For Queensland

• Miles Government’s Community Safety Plan delivers big boost to frontline policing.
• Government to uplift the Queensland Police Service by 900 police personnel
• This means the government’s record investment is delivering more than 3,000 extra police personnel across Queensland

Premier Steven Miles and Police Minister Mark Ryan have today announced more cops for Queensland’s frontline.

The boost will uplift the Queensland Police Service by 900 personnel, including 500 extra sworn officers and 400 unsworn.

This investment is in addition to the biggest investment in policing in more than 30 years that is delivering and now more than 3,000 extra police personnel.

Despite a globally tight labour market, Queensland is leading the nation when it comes to police recruitment.

Nearly 700 recruits are currently undergoing training and over 2,000 applicants are in the recruit pipeline. That’s a record for Queensland’s Police Academies.

The comprehensive incentive package, combined with an aggressive recruiting campaign has seen the recruit pipeline improve by 200 percent in the last year.

The Queensland Police Service also advises that the number of police officers, combined with recruits undergoing training, is now the highest it has ever been in Queensland’s history.

In 2024 alone, more than 217 officers have joined the Queensland Police Force, graduating from the Police Academies in Brisbane and Townsville.

Queensland Police Service advise the 900 additional officers and support staff will aid their dedicated efforts to keep the community safe and provide even more boots on the ground to support extreme-high visibility police operations that are disrupting and preventing crime across the state.

Quotes attributable to Premier Steven Miles:

“When I say something, I do something.

“I’ve listened to Police who tell me they want more boots on the ground and the staff at the station who ensure operations run smoothly.

“That’s why my government will give police 900 more positions. That’s a place for every recruit in the academy right now, and more.

“Queenslanders know there will always be more police under a Labor Government.

“I’ve travelled the state meeting the police involved in our high-visibility police patrols and they tell me this tough, no-nonsense approach to crime is having a big impact.

“We’ll throw everything at preventing and disrupting crime – that starts with having more police than ever before patrolling the streets of Queensland.”

Quotes attributable to Police Minister Mark Ryan:

“Police have done a remarkable job to lead the nation when it comes to police recruitment.

“And now the government is providing police with funding to continue that surge in police officer numbers.

“The more police officers people see out in the community the safer they feel.

“This new investment in police will further enhance the Queensland Police Service’s capacity to support community safety.

“When the LNP talk about crime, they should be upfront about their record.

“Under Campbell Newman, David Crisafulli and Jarrod Bleijie oversaw the cutting of hundreds of police officers and frontline support staff.

“And, at the last election, the LNP’s policy would have seen 1,000 less police.

“The LNP are short on detail when asked what their plan is for the frontline and for Queenslanders.

“Instead of being slick with slogans the LNP should front up and tell Queenslanders what they would do differently, because their record shows they would cut police.

“That puts the safety of Queenslanders at risk under an LNP government.”

Quotes attributable to Commissioner of Police Steve Gollschewski:

“The QPS welcomes the Government’s announcement of additional police personnel, boosting our officer positions as well as the number of staff members supporting the frontline.

“Additional resources will assist us in our commitment in keeping the community safe and ensuring they feel safe.

“The extra personnel will be allocated to areas across Queensland, ensuring we are future-proofing our police and keeping pace with population growth.

“Despite the recruiting challenges being experienced in policing jurisdictions across Australia, the QPS is continuing to see a healthy pipeline of police recruit applicants.

“A career in policing is a career like no other, and the incentives currently available to applicants means there’s no better time to join the Queensland Police.”

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