GROUNDBREAKING research by one of Gympie's senior police officers is expected to help solve a major problem for the Queensland Police Service.
With police officers becoming more and more reluctant to apply for stations in remote and isolated communities, QPS will be turning to Gympie Police District's Officer in Charge, Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves, for advice once he has examined fly-in fly-out policing models currently utilised by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Snr Sgt Reeves won a $15,000 Courier Mail police scholarship to look at how to set up a fly-in fly-out police squad as a solution to problems of ongoing vacancies in rural stations.
He will present the paper to the Queensland Police Commissioner on his return.
"It's not a matter of why we should adopt this model, but how," Snr Sgt Reeves told The Gympie Times.
"My report will address whether a fly-in fly-out police squad is feasible and what the costs will be to set it up."
His major objective is to determine if models currently in use by police services in Canada can be adapted and implemented by the QPS and other emergency services throughout Australia.
Snr Sgt Reeves was awarded the scholarship while posted as officer in charge of Emerald station, where it was difficult to fill police positions.
His research will look the logistics and cost of implementing a flying police squad in Queensland.
What will be researched?
- Logistics required to set up a flying squad.
- Incentives and entitlements used to attract police to serve in a flying squad.
- Gaps in capacity and future capability.