Tag Archives: QPS

Bundaberg Region Ignores Police Hotline

Reporting crime over the phone is not ringing true with Bundaberg residents.

An APN Newsdesk analysis of one month of calls to Policelink’s 131 444 hotline shows just 1.21% of reports stemmed from our region.

Between April 1 and April 30, 70,004 crimes were reported to the 24-hour service but only 852 came from the Bundaberg region.

The contact centre in Zillmere deals with calls about non-urgent crimes.

It started five years ago to reduce workloads at police stations across the state.

Read the full story in News Mail.

Source: www.news-mail.com.au

Bundaberg Road Policing Unit: Drivers Evading Police Face Serious Penalties

Risking thousands of dollars in fines, loss of licence or worse, 14 drivers on Bundaberg roads have evaded police to date this year.

Bundaberg Road Policing Unit officer in charge Sergeant Marty Arnold said it was concerning drivers were deciding to run from police over what was generally a minor traffic offence.

“In choosing to evade police the motorist may drive in a dangerous manner using excessive speed, travelling on the wrong side of the road or driving without due care given to other motorists or pedestrians,” he said.

Source: www.gladstoneobserver.com.au

Man Faces Court After Entering a North Queensland Police Station With a Knife

A man has faced court after pacing up and down a north Queensland police station with a knife in his hand. It’s alleged the agitated 21-year-old was spotted by an off-duty police officer when she exited the Townsville Police station on Friday afternoon.

The man was arrested without incident and was charged with going armed so as to cause fear. He appeared in the Townsville Magistrates Court on Saturday and was remanded in custody, police said.

Source: www.theaustralian.com.au

Queensland Man Lasers a Police Helicopter but Claims He Thought It Was a UFO

A budding astronomer who said he shone a laser at a police helicopter because he thought it was a UFO, has been fined $1000.

Dong Young Yang, 40, was standing outside his Pimpama home on July 12 last year when he shone his laser pen at the PolAir helicopter which had its lights off.

In the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday Yang pleaded not guilty to the charge of threatening the safety of an aircraft but magistrate Michael Hogan downgraded the charge to interfering with a crew member in the performance of his duties.

Mr Hogan said in his evidence Yang had said he thought the police had come to help him because of the object. “As if he’s somehow being threatened by the object in the sky, I don’t accept that.”

Yang was found guilty and fined $1000, with a conviction to be recorded.

Read the full story in the Gold Coast Bulletin.

Source: www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au

QPS Officers Lucky To Avoid Injury As Road Spikes Fail To Halt Getaway Car

Two teenagers drove at a police officer in a stolen vehicle after its tyres had been busted by road spikes, police allege. Police said road spikes were successfully used to puncture the vehicle’s tyres on Beaudesert Rd at Rocklea but the driver continued driving on punctured tyres, aiming the vehicle at a police officer.

Read the full story in the Courier Mail. Picture by Fiona.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

QPS Sgt Frank Falappi To Tackle The Simpson Desert Bike Challenge For Charity

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to ride a bike through the Simpson Desert, then watch this spaceActing Sergeant Frank Falappi has decided to tackle the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge later this year.

I did ask the question why and was quickly informed by Frank that a friend had taken the challenge previously and thought it was one of the hardest things he had ever done. Acting Sergeant Falappi said, “I like challenges and adventures, and thought this sounds like a fun adventure.

The five-day, 590-kilometre ride kicks off from Purnie Bore in South Australia on September 29 and is due to end in Birdsville, Queensland on October 3.

Read the full media release on QPS myPolice website.

Source: mypolice.qld.gov.au