Qld police kill cross-border idea
SOUTH-East Queensland's top police officer has dashed hopes for any joint border patrols between his force and New South Wales counterparts. Assistant Commissioner Paul Wilson yesterday said there would be no joint effort despite a proposal made last month by Tweed Police commander Michael Kenny for officers from both states to work more closely together to tackle crime.
Supt Kenny wants the forces to patrol Tweed Heads and Coolangatta from a NSW vehicle during times of high crime and anti-social behaviour.
"We have a long history of cross-border dealings," Mr Wilson told the Tweed Daily News. "This will continue, but as for Queensland police officers doing joint patrols in New South Wales police vehicles that will not occur."
Mr Wilson was supporting Queensland Police Minister Judy Spence, who previously said in a stinging attack on her NSW counterpart that Queensland police step up their role to cover for NSW police.
Mr Wilson said the constitution set up sovereign states to run independently.
"We have these magic lines called borders," he said. "With different laws (in each state) there is a barrier that extends legally that we can't disregard. "But we will continue to work together."
He said any issues the community may have should be taken up with the assistant commissioner in Newcastle or the NSW commissioner.
"It's nothing to do with the Queensland police service," he said.
Tweed Heads Acting Superintendent Darren Steel said previously that the intention had never been for Queensland police to do the job for NSW police.
Rather, Tweed Police wanted to jointly tackle cross-border crime in partnership with Queensland officers.
"This is a lost opportunity to work together to address cross-border problems," Acting Supt Steel said.
However, Tweed spokesperson for the Police Association of New South Wales Andrew Eppelstun backed the Queensland Police Minister.
Mr Eppelstun said NSW Police Minister Tony Kelly should have done something about Tweed Heads police numbers before the Queensland police minister managed to call him out about it.
"Sydney is a long way from Tweed Heads, and this NSW government is very Sydney-centric," Mr Eppelstun said.