Sunshine Coast will be down 134 police during G20 summit

THE Sunshine Coast police division will send 134 officers to Brisbane for the G20 world leaders summit.

The Coast officers' duties will include motorcade, route and venue security, crowd management and dignitary protection from this weekend.

They will be away from the Sunshine Coast for 10 days as part of the assignment.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said sending officers to Brisbane would not have an effect on Sunshine Coast policing levels.

He would not divulge the number of police based at stations across the region for operational reasons, but said a leave embargo ensured all stations would operate at full capacity.

The spokesman said that any matters in the Maroochydore, Nambour, Noosa and Caloundra magistrates courts involving police officers had been put on hold during the G20 period.

"These measures were put in place to ensure that the service had optimal staffing levels to police the G20 events in Queensland as well as our core business," they said.

These magistrates courts will remain "operational" next week before the G20, but will not hear any matters.

A spokesman from the Office of the Chief Magistrate denied it would be a case of the lights being on, but with nobody at home during the G20.

He would not divulge what the term "operational" actually meant.

"No Queensland magistrates courts are closed during the G20," the spokesman said.

"All magistrates courts are operational, however no criminal matters requiring police prosecutions or police witnesses have been listed for next week.

"The (Sunshine Coast) magistrates courts have made arrangements to add additional sitting days after the G20 so that this rescheduling will lead to little if any delay to court proceedings."


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