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Managers and Police Cracking Down on Schoolies’ Selfies Craze

The new craze of “rooftopping” and taking outrageous selfies on highrise balconies will be the biggest safety fears at this year’s Schoolies, with building managers and police to crack down on dangerous stunts. Continue reading Managers and Police Cracking Down on Schoolies’ Selfies Craze

Queensland Police Assaulted, Three Girls Arrested After Woodridge Brawl Involving Over 50

A male Constable was set upon and a Police vehicle damaged, after officers were called to a large disturbance, involving around 50 teenagers at Woodridge yesterday afternoon.

Police officers have been attacked as they tried to break up a Queensland street fight.

One officer was punched in the face, while others were spat at and verbally abused as they tried to clear the crowd in Woodridge, south of Brisbane, on Friday afternoon.

Three girls, aged 12, 14 and 15, have been charged with seriously assaulting police, and are to be dealt with under the Youth Justices Act.

Source: Brisbane Times.

QPS Taskforce Orion To Tackle Child Exploitation


A new police taskforce has been implemented to tackle child exploitation following a recent inquiry which found the related crimes had risen statewide.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Commissioner Michael Byrne’s Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry’s final report revealed it was a dark criminal area requiring more support and resources.

Mr Byrne’s recommendations included establishing a new taskforce, which will be called Taskforce Orion.

“Headed by a detective inspector, it will tackle child exploitation activities and deliver a tactical operational response to these types of offences,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Taskforce Orion will work alongside the existing Taskforce Argos.

“An extra six staff will be employed for the duration of Taskforce Orion to provide improved forensic capability, to improve victim identification capacity and to provide additional intelligence and technical support.”

The government will provide $3.2 million in funding for new resources.

Source: Central Telegraph.

Mackay Police District Sergeant Pays Tribute To Fallen Police Dog Tunza

Sergeant Marcus Hahn with PD Tunza
Sergeant Marcus Hahn with PD Tunza
Police Dog Tunza suddenly and unexpectedly passed away at the weekend.

Tunza fell ill during his shift on Friday and did not recover, police said in a statement.

Tunza was seven and half years old and was sworn into the Queensland Police Service following his training at 18 months old.

He was posted to Mackay District and served two years with Senior Constable Ben Richards and then served the last four years with his handler Sergeant Marcus Hahn, Officer in Charge Mackay Dog Squad.

Tunza was a general purpose police dog, cross trained in drug detection.

Sergeant Hahn and Tunza have been a formidable team in the Mackay Police District over many years with successes in both drug detection and the tracking and apprehension of numerous suspects.

Condolences and acknowledgments for Tunza’s service to the Mackay community have been numerous.

When not at work Tunza lived at home with Sergeant Hahn and his family.

Sergeant Hahn said today that Tunza was a special dog who loved to work.

“He was dearly loved by my family. I will miss him,” Sergeant Hahn said.

Source: Daily Mercury.

Beloved Mackay Police Dog Tunza Dies

Our thoughts are with Sergeant Marcus Hahn after police squad dog Tunza died – an important part of Mackay’s police squad.

The Daily Mercury reported police dogs Tunza and Frankie had to take time off work for a few days after the police ute they were travelling in was involved in a crash at Eimeo in June last year.

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Officers Escape Injuries as Queensland Police Car Rammed Twice


A Police car was rammed and narrowlly missed being struck again when when two separate vehicles drove at it in Tewantin last night. Just after midnight police patrolling in an unmarked vehicle tried to intercept a car on Noosa Cooroy Rd but the car failed to stop.

A marked police vehicle also attempted to intercept the car but it sped off and police called off their intercept attempts. Police stopped their marked vehicle a short distance behind the car when it reversed rapidly towards them.

The officer tried to avoid the collision by also reversing but were struck by the other car. The police vehicle sustained moderate damage. The male officer, and sole occupant, was uninjured.

The vehicle was described as a silver Ford sedan bearing New South Wales registration BJ65UF with a male driver. It has possibly sustained some damage to the rear, as a result of this incident.

Police are also investigating an unrelated incident that occurred a short time later. Around 12.35am whilst two officers were waiting with the damaged police vehicle they attempted to intercept a van on Wentworth St when it allegedly drove directly towards the police vehicle.

One of the two officers had to take evasive action to avoid being struck. This vehicle was subsequently found abandoned in Muirfield St, Tewantin, a short time later.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 24hrs a day.

Source: Sunshine Coast Daily

Queensland Woman Accused of Harassing Police Officer

qps-badgeA woman, charged in connection with the recent Greyhound Racing Inquiry Task Force, has been brought back to court for interfering with a witness.

It was the second time this week Heather Rosemary Howard faced Ipswich Magistrates Court after she pleaded guilty to two breaches of bail offences on Tuesday.

The bail breach, related to an existing charge of stalking, to be heard again in court on January 7.

As punishment for breaching her bail, Howard was placed on a 12-month probation order. The 41-year-old Riverview woman was brought into court again yesterday, accused of sending harassing text messages to a witness involved in the stalking investigation.

In opposing bail, police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said Howard had allegedly sent 12 text messages to the witness – a police officer – on November 2.

Sgt Dick said a total of 100 “unnecessary” messages had been sent to the officer since August 20.

Source: The Queensland Times.

Gladstone Police Officers Recognised for Hard Work

District officers certificate recipents DS Christopher Lindsay, DSC Matthew Columbus, Superintendent Ron Van Saane, SC Roger Hodgson, DSC Vicki Schultz and DSC Kurt Rabnott. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
District officers certificate recipents DS Christopher Lindsay, DSC Matthew Columbus, Superintendent Ron Van Saane, SC Roger Hodgson, DSC Vicki Schultz and DSC Kurt Rabnott. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Policing can often be a thankless grind for the thousands of serving Queensland officers with only their work colleagues knowing and understanding what the daily challenges can bring.

The work and efforts of a group of Gladstone officers and CIB detectives have been recognised by their peers at a small ceremony held today by senior officer Inspector Darren Somerville, with medals and certificates presented by Rockhampton based Superintendent Ron Van Saane.

Nine officers received the National Police Service Medal to acknowledge their diligent service of at least 15 years.

Four detectives and a senior constable from Gladstone CIB received District Officers Certificates to acknowledge their efforts to crack a serious drug methamphetamine network operating in the region two years ago.

Read more in Gladstone Observer.

Former Race Horses Swap Track Training for Frontline Duties With Queensland Police Service

Constable Dave Master with his horse Felix and Jackpot with his rider Acting Sergeant Simon Shilton.
Constable Dave Master with his horse Felix and Jackpot with his rider Acting Sergeant Simon Shilton.
Horses that once raced in some of the nation’s biggest races are now being used by mounted police in Queensland.

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Serious Assault On Queensland Police Service Officers


Two police officers were allegedly assaulted yesterday morning when they responded to a disturbance at Fortitude Valley.

Around 4.40am police attended the altercation at Brunswick Street involving a group of people.

Whilst attempting to break the disturbance up it will be alleged a man punched a male officer before pushing him to the roadway.

A second male officer attempted to arrest the man at which point it will be alleged the man assaulted him, punching him in the face.

The man was subsequently subdued following the deployment of OC spray and a taser.

The two officers, aged 28 and 35, were treated for facial injuries, and one officer for knee injuries, at Saint Andrews Hospital.

A 22-year-old Yatala man has been charged with two counts of serious assault police officer causing bodily harm and is expected to appear at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on October 12.