Queensland police ill-equipped for terror threat: union

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart. Photo: Harrison SaragossiAustralia’s heightened terror risk is making police feel “like they’re a walking target”, Queensland Police Union boss Ian Leavers says.
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Mr Leavers slammed the Queensland Police Service on Tuesday afternoon, claiming officers were not properly equipped and were made to feel “expendable”.

His comments came after Commissioner Ian Stewart said officers could apply to receive covert body armour and additional weapons due to the higher terror risk.

Sworn officers, including Commissioner Stewart, are now also required to carry their weapons at all times.

The Commissioner said he emailed every staff member in the QPS to alert them of threats made by an Islamic State spokesman over the weekend, in which supporters were encouraged to kill Western “disbelievers”.

Australia was specifically mentioned in the video.

Mr Leavers said there wasn’t enough storage space in police stations for weapons, and not enough stun-guns, body armour vests, body-worn cameras and specially-designed iPads.

“I call upon the Commissioner to stop the political spin and trying to win over people, and start supporting the police who are doing a very difficult and dangerous job,” he said.

“We would not be sending our soldiers into a war zone without the necessary equipment but it is fine to send police there because they are expendable – that is simply not good enough.

“The commissioner needs to go cap in hand to the premier now and seek the extra funds to supply all this equipment to police.”

The Queensland Police Service has been contacted for comment.

With Brisbane’s G20 event less than two months away, Mr Leavers said he was confident the equipment could be provided in time if authorities acted quickly.

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