By Jesse Dorsett
Senior Constable Chris Mosby on board a police boat in the Torres Strait. (ABC News: Jesse Dorsett)
The Queensland Government has asked the Commonwealth to assist it develop Australia’s northernmost police station on a internet site just 4 kilometres from the Papua New Guinea coastline.
Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller has written to the Federal Government explaining her proposal for a Saibai Island police station, which would also residence Australian Federal Police, Border Force and Immigration officials.
The ABC accompanied the Minister when she visited Saibai Island to view the proposed internet site for the police station.
“We want to make positive that the funding is offered so that the individuals in the northern location of the Torres Strait can really feel that their communities are safe,” she stated.
The price of construction is nevertheless being finalised.
“We’d like to see this distinct creating be erected sooner rather than later.
“What it means is that we can have permanent police here on Saibai Island.”
Queensland Water Police are based on Thursday Island patrol in the Torres Strait for a week at a time. (ABC News: Jesse Dorsett)
Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor said the Queensland Police Service (QPS) supported the Minister’s proposal.
“The policing up right here is about a good engagement. That is vital when you look at our proximity to the PNG coast,” he said.
Water Police from Thursday Island now patrol the region for a week at a time, sending basic duties officers and detectives to the communities when essential.
Community liaison officers are also based on the outer islands of Torres Strait.
It is a big location to cover, with authorities monitoring an estimated 250,000 boat trips a year.
Many Papua New Guineans trade with the richer islanders beneath a specific agreement that recognises a long history in between the folks.
Senior Constable Chris Mosby said it could be a dangerous journey among islands, where conditions could alter rapidly.
“Like this morning – it was calm and this afternoon the winds and existing have genuinely picked up,” he stated.
Last year, authorities conducted 68 search and rescue operations in the area, with some costing up to $ 250,000.
Australian Border Force inspector Chris Holzheimer said his officers targeted more sinister trade.
“We’re locating the guns are being exported to Papua New Guinea for payments for narcotics coming into the country,” he stated.
“The extent of that we can not genuinely speak about – it is operationally sensitive.”
Topics: police, papua-new-guinea, qld, thursday-island-4875
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