The Palaszczuk Government is investing $5.4 million in new Water Police boats to ensure the Queensland Police Service has the resources it needs to keep Queenslanders safe.
Six large vessels are being delivered across the state including a new 17m boat for Water Police based at Mooloolaba.
A further eight 5.5m vessels will be deployed in the far north’s Cape York region.
Redland Bay will receive two new vessels including a high speed twelve metre barge that also has greater cargo capacity.
This will give Water Police the ability for faster deployment to the Bay islands.
Seven new jet-skis will also be delivered to the Water Police fleet.
Minister for Police Mark Ryan said the investment will ensure Water Police operations across the state remain cutting edge.
“The Queensland Police Service is recognised internationally for its adoption of the best technology available.
“Across the board the Palaszczuk Government is ensuring police have up-to-date equipment.”
“I visited the Torres Strait recently and witnessed first hand how critical effective Water Police operations are to the communities on Horn Island and Thursday Island.
“The new vessels we are delivering are either faster or have a greater range than the vessels they are replacing.
“The Palaszczuk Government will always ensure the Queensland Police Service has the resources it needs to get the job done,” Minister Ryan said.