MP slams Miller for not speaking about police comms move
THE Opposition has accused Queensland Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller of hiding behind "operational matters" over the decision to close the Ipswich Police Communications Centre.
Shadow police minister Jarrod Bleijie said the closure, expected to happen by March next year, would lead to job losses as the centre's operations were moved to a centralised hub in Brisbane.
Ms Miller was approached by the QT for comment last week on the decision, but said only that it was an operational matter for the Queensland Police Service.
"It's not operational, it's a resourcing issue and the government resource the Queensland Police Service," Mr Bleijie said.
"I'm advised by the police union that 27 police officers will lose their jobs.
"What we are concerned about in the Opposition is... what other jobs are on the line and why is the Police Minister not speaking about it?"
"This is absurd."
The shadow minister said the Ipswich communications centre was a major part of a community focus on reducing crime.
The centre has collaborated for several years with Ipswich City Council's Safe City security camera centre.
"We've seen the community stand up and say, we're not going to tolerate this (crime)," Mr Bleijie said.
"Why go and throw all that away for the sake of saving a few dollars?
"There is a real risk that ... you will have more issues and crime may go up in Ipswich because of it."
The communications centre is staffed by both police officers and civilians.
A police service spokeswoman told the QT last week that while some positions would transition to Brisbane, there would be no net losses of positions in the Ipswich area as new police would be placed in Ipswich.
The move to close the communications centre has already been criticised by Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, the council's Public Safety chairman Cr Andrew Antoniolli and Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers.