QPS brings A-game to sell-out Cowboys vs Panthers match in Townsville

It was a sell-out match for the North Queensland Cowboys and the Penrith Panthers on Saturday 3 September with more than 27,000 patrons packing out the stadium for the first time in its history.

Townsville Police were at the at the ready to answer community questions about policing – even making time for photos with footy fans, with the tough looking Tactical Crime Squad (TCS) Shield Team proving to be a hit with old and young alike.


Tactical Crime Squad stand outside a police van

A child plays dress ups with the police vests

Sergeant Megan Benson, said it was a great opportunity to chat with people and show them what policing is about.

“I’m really grateful about how smoothly the event ran and how curious the public is about policing… I think everyone who spoke to us left with a Police Recruit business card in their pocket!” She said.


Sergeant Megan Benson poses on the field prior to the start of the game
Sergeant Megan Benson poses on the field prior to the start of the game

Before the game, the Dog Squad’s skills were on display on the field, with Police Dog Cannon taking down a “Panthers fan” who allegedly stole the game ball.


A man is attacked by a dog in a demonstration

A man is being arrested by police in a demonstration
Photos courtesy of Scott Radford-Chisholm

Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Wheeler spoke about the recruiting process, answering questions people have about becoming a police officer including about the application process and working in the Service’s specialist units.


Three people talk on the field
Acting Deputy Commissioner Wheeler chats with the Cowboy’s hosts.

The TCS Shield Team also formed guard for the Cowboy’s run onto the field.

The event showcased some of the exciting careers and pathways within in the Service including District Crime Prevention Coordinators, Dog Squad, Highway Patrol, Water Police, Tactical Crime Squad and North Queensland Academy Recruits .

Are you interested in a career in policing?

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Visit policerecruit.com.au to take the eligibility quiz and see if you’ve got what it takes to become a police officer.

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