New plan to rein crimes
MOUNTED police patrolling around train stations will become a common sight in a partnership with Queensland Rail.
Using thoroughbred horses trained to deal with crowds and loud noises, including trains, the mounted police patrols will target trespassing on railway property, graffiti and vandalism, rock throwing and public nuisance offences.
The mounted units will patrol across all parts of the network based on security intelligence and in conjunction with local police.
On their first outing between Kingston and Loganlea, the unit moved on 18 people, issued five on-the-spot fines and located two people who had outstanding warrants for offences against people.
Queensland Rail chief customer officer Theo Taifalos said the mounted patrols would further bolster existing security efforts on the rail network, which had been increased in the past 12 months.
“In the past year we improved our CCTV coverage, added more mobile security patrols, increased the number of guardian trains including coverage of every service on Friday and Saturday night and started security dog patrols – all to great success,” Mr Taifalos said. “We know that security is an important issue for our customers; we know that our rail network is as safe as any other public space.
“But it is important that customers should not only be safe but feel safe as well.
“Queensland Rail enjoys a unique and longstanding partnership with police spanning a number of decades. The Queensland Police Service, particularly the dedicated Rail Squad, do a tremendous job of keeping our customers safe.
“The Rail Squad work in direct partnership with Queensland Rail security specialists to respond to issues on the City Network.”
Queensland police mounted unit officer in charge, Senior Sergeant Mark Paroz, said the new patrols would add a high-visibility presence to the rail network.
“These patrols will give us a quick response to some localised crime and anti-social behaviour. They will be patrolling land adjoining the rail corridor, and stations,” Snr Sgt Paroz said.
“Our aim is that the mounted units actually detect crime in the community before it reaches the rail network.”
Each mounted patrol consists of two officers and two horses. Except for emergencies, the horses will not be used inside the rail corridor or on platforms.