91 additional police for floodstruck Townsville

Police Minister Mark Ryan has announced the deployment of 91 additional officers to floodstruck Townsville.

Minister Ryan said the officers would boost policing services in the flood-affected community.

“The additional officers include specialist and general duties police who will boost policing services and continue to help the people of Townsville in this difficult time.

“The police and partner agencies have been working tirelessly for many days now to keep the community safe and protect property.

“These additional police will provide much-needed relief to local officers and ensure a visible presence continues where the community needs it most.”

Minister Ryan said 35 of the additional officers arrived in Townsville yesterday afternoon.

Another 56 officers will be deployed this afternoon.

“Thank you to these officers and all the officers who have been working hard around the state to support the response to this unprecedented weather event,” Minister Ryan said.

“I know also that our police in the flood-zone are just as vulnerable to personal hardship and loss as their fellow Queenslanders caught up in this unprecedented weather event.

“I know there are officers whose own homes have been flooded.

“The commitment of these officers to protecting their fellow Queenslanders even as they themselves suffer the effects of the flood is inspiring.”

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