Jim calls for 24-hour police station at Lowood
SECURING a 24-hour police station at Lowood and extra officers is a priority for Ipswich West MP Jim Madden.
Mr Madden has backed calls by Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers in the QT for more police to be located at Lowood Police Station and said he had lobbied Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller for a 24-station to be installed.
"I have been pushing for that for a long time and about a month ago I sat down with Jo-Ann Miller to discuss this specific issue," he said.
"She has commissioned a report to be prepared by the police department.
"The decision as to when or if we get a 24-hour police station at Lowood will depend on that report.
"But I am aware that if we are to get a 24-hour station, it will mean that we will need a senior sergeant and two sergeants.
"At the moment the officer in charge is simply a sergeant."
Mr Madden said the nearest 24-hour police station to Lowood to the north was Kingaroy, and to the east was at Karana Downs.
"That is a big gap. Having one at Lowood would go a long way to closing that gap," he said.
As for the extra police, Mr Leavers previously told the QT that Lowood could do with an extra eight now.
"If Ian Leavers thinks the number needed is eight, I have no reason to disagree with him," Mr Madden said
"We need enough police to have all the patrols going out 24-hours a day.
"I understood that the number required was in the order of 20 police officers but currently the number varies because Lowood is used as a training office.
"Sometimes there are extra constables and sometimes there are fewer."
Mr Madden said there had been an improvement in infrastructure at Lowood station in recent years with an extensive CCTV network in place.
But he added that there were still capital works needing to be done to house the extra officers that were required.
"That CCTV network in the Lowood and Fernvale area is all connected to the Lowood station in real time," he said.
"So there is a wall of television screens there showing every CCTV camera. As well, there have been improvements to toilets and showers.
"But what they need is more office space for the extra police officers.
"There needs to be a capital works program at Lowood and extra officers provided by the Queensland Police Service."