Upgraded Dalby Police Facility officially opens featuring tribute to fallen officers

The new Dalby Police Facility has officially opened following a $19 million upgrade, enhancing the capability of police for the Dalby community.

The station upgrade accommodates 60 operational staff, including officers for the Western Downs Patrol Group (WDPG), Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), Child Protection & Investigation Unit (CPIU), Highway Patrol, state-of-the-art Scenes of Crime section (SOC) with investigative laboratory, training capacity, major incident room and upgraded watchhouse facilities.

The Dalby Police Station Plaque

The station features a memorial which has been unveiled honouring fallen police officers Constable Matthew Arnold and Constable Rachel McCrow, who were murdered in the line of duty on December 12, 2022.

Constable Arnold and Constable McCrow completed their first year of policing at Dalby Station and remained close friends with many officers and staff from the area.

The memorial was jointly funded by Queensland Police Service Southern Region and Qld Police Union of Employees (QPUE).

The Police Commissioner addressing the crowd

Minister Ryan addressing the crowd

A senior Police Officer addressing the crowd

Minister Mark Ryan said it is important for the Dalby Police Division to receive this upgrade, which boosts the policing capability in the region.

“The Government has committed $300 million across a five-year police infrastructure pipeline, and this station is just one of the many to receive an upgrade, continuing the commitment of keeping policing facilities at the highest standard.

“Honouring Rachel and Matt with this dedicated memorial is critical for our community as we keep our commitment to their families and colleagues to never ever forget their service and sacrifice.”

Senior stakeholders stand beside the memorial

Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the upgraded facility will help local police better serve the needs of the community through modern and purpose-built facilities.

“Building capabilities and equipping police with important resources, will not only help them keep the community safe, but help shape the next generation of policing.

“Constable Arnold and Constable McCrow’s deaths profoundly impacted the entire community, and their loss is still felt around the state. This memorial commemorates their memory and I thank all those in making it happen.”

The memorial for Constable Arnold and Constable McCrow

The memorial for Constable Arnold and Constable McCrow

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