Police Intensify Wanding Operations this holiday season to Combat Knife Crime at busy Bus Transit Centre

Maroochydore Police have joined forces with network officers (NOs) to patrol the Maroochydore Bus Interchange, located in Horton Parade these holidays. 

NOs and police spoke to several commuters during the high visibility operation who welcomed the proactive patrols during Christmas. 

Police have and will continue to wand individuals in this area to detect weapons and combat knife crime in line with the nation-leading strategy as police enact Jack’s Law. 

Passed in Queensland parliament in April the legislation allows officers to conduct wand operations in all safe night precincts and on public trains, trams, buses and ferries and at public transport hubs in an effort to stop knife crime in its tracks.          

Maroochydore Police Station’s Acting Sergeant Mark Bourke said “police will continue to target their patrols at the Maroochydore Transit Centre and surrounding area to ensure that the community is not inconvenienced by the behaviour of a select few these holidays.” 

“We also welcome the opportunity to work with our community partners to enhance safety at this transport hub,” he said.    

The network officers welcomed the police support on the busiest bus terminal on the Sunshine Coast which protects both drivers and passengers.   

Network officer Supervisor Brieley Pirie said “The safety of the public is always our number one priority and having a police presence across our network and implementing Jack’s Law is a great foundation for a safer public transport system.” 

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au

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