Extra officers and new digs for Laidley police

MAKEOVER: The Laidley Police Station will be upgraded. Inset: Artist's impression of the new station.
MAKEOVER: The Laidley Police Station will be upgraded. Inset: Artist's impression of the new station. Amy Lyne

LAIDLEY will soon have a refurbished police station as well as an increase in officers thanks to a $1.4 million upgrade.

Due to start next month, Laidley police officer- in-charge Senior Sergeant Jim McDonald said the upgrade would include replacing the roof, converting the old courthouse into an operational day room, creating a new reception area and upgrading interview areas, particularly for Child Investigation Unit offices.

Six new officers will also arrive at the station in the next month, including two first-year constables.

Snr Sgt McDonald said the upgrades would mean full 24-hour police coverage throughout the week.

"It is part of the LNP's commitment to frontline services," he said.

"The allocation of the money is a further demonstration of the commissioner's commitment to frontline services and the needs of the growing community."

Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss said the upgrade would be good for the region, as Laidley was expanding quickly.

"It gives Laidley a great resource," he said.

Mr Rickuss said he was happy the upgrade meant the addition of first-year constables as the region was a prominent area for training.

"The area is a mix of urban and rural experience that police officers need," he said.

Two billion dollars was allocated in the 2014-15 state budget for policing including $4.9 million for upgraded police facilities.

The upgrade is due to be completed early next year.

Topics:  laidley police queensland police service

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