Helidon safe from cuts

NO CLOSURE: Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart ruled out the closure of the Helidon Police Station in the future.
NO CLOSURE: Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart ruled out the closure of the Helidon Police Station in the future. Queensland Police Media

CONCERNS about the immediate future of the Helidon Police Station under the Queensland Police Service restructure were quashed by Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart at a press conference yesterday.

Speaking on Tuesday in Toowoomba about the service's restructure, Stewart said plans were more focused on changes in management resources rather than policing levels at local stations.

"Certainly that is an issue that we look at all the time where our resources are deployed. Are they in the best possible spot?" Commissioner Stewart said.

"But this restructure mainly is focusing on amalgamating the management layers of the organisation.

"So these small stations are certainly not in the scope of this particular restructure."

As part of the restructure the Gatton and Laidley police stations will move from being in the current Toowoomba District into the new and larger Darling Downs District, which will comprise the amalgamation of the Toowoomba and Warwick districts effective from July 1.

The proposed changes will also see up to 110 commissioned officers and 212 staff made redundant.

However, Commissioner Stewart did not rule out future changes to policing levels at smaller stations, including Helidon.

"I'm not saying that in future times we won't continue to look at where we place our resources, that's a given and we should be doing that," he said.

"As a police agency, as a contemporary government agency, obviously the locations of those resources are very, very important.

"Whether it's a small country station or whether it's specialist units attached to large bodies, for instance like here in Toowoomba."

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