28 July, 2023

Toogoolawah Police Station to stay

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has reaffirmed its commitment to continuing operations at Toogoolawah Police Station following recent media reports about the possibility the station could close.

Toogoolawah Police Station to stay - feature photo

“There are no plans to close either Toogoolawah or Blackbutt police stations with officers attached to these stations continuing to proudly serve their local communities now and into the future,” QPS said.

“Policing services are delivered in these communities by local officers, and when necessary, resources from adjoining divisions and specialist units are deployed.

“The Queensland Police Service will always prioritise community safety and regularly assesses facilities to determine necessary upgrades and resourcing when required.”

Ipswich District Officer Acting Superintendent Kylie Rigg said changes to the presence of Toogoolawah police was not being considered.

“There are no plans to close Toogoolawah Police Station,” she said.

“I can assure the local community that Toogoolawah Police Station will continue to operate with local officers continuing to serve the Toogoolawah community.”

State Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said the announcement by the QPS in relation to Toogoolawah Police Station was welcome, however, she said questions still remain about whether the current substantive police positions will remain at Toogoolawah.

“The information provided to me during a direct briefing by the QPS in early July explained that the current Police positions would move to Esk, leaving the Toogoolawah Police Station without a full-time presence,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“It was simply unacceptable that they were considering removing these essential positions.

“They have been forced to commit to keeping the Toogoolawah Police Station open and I will continue to seek assurances that the substantive positions will also remain at Toogoolawah.

“As I continue to say, our community needs an increase in Police numbers, not a decrease.”


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