Helidon Spa issues addressed
POLICE along with other agencies have descended on Helidon Spa in a bid to address and help social and community issues for residents and visitors.
Police, ambulance, Lifeline, Uniting Care and Queensland Health attended the Helidon Mineral Spa Resort, talking to residents, offering their services and to check water quality and electrical wiring.
Helidon Police Officer in Charge Sergeant Glen Thomas organised the operation with the intention to arrange help after being called out for multiple jobs involving drugs, domestic violence and people being victimised.
"We want to bring these issues to light and help to raise these people's living conditions," he said.
"There is only so much enforcement the police can do, so we've got the other agencies in to help.
"Some people don't know how to ask for help, so we are bringing help to their doorstep."
Sgt Thomas said the Lockyer Valley Regional Council was involved but only to help with providing animal control and an electrician.
"There was a dog attack here and we want to make sure dogs are not vicious and registered," he said.
Sgt Thomas said the operation was successful with residents willing to talk to police about some of the problems.
"We set up an interception because initially residents thought we had come for other reasons and wouldn't talk to us," he said.
"They were fearful.
"There were quite a few referrals from agencies for housing and addiction."
Sgt Thomas said police were there purely to try and address some pressing community issues.