Thursday, March 28, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Taskforce Guardian: Strengthening Community Safety

Taskforce Guardian, a newly launched rapid response team, has commenced operations in Mackay.

Collaborating with committed Youth Justice professionals and local Police enforcement, the task force aims to address recurring property offenders and enhance community safety.

Approximately nine young people Between March 11 and 17 were apprehended on 38 offences, predominately for property and bail offences.

Specialist Police worked in conjunction with Youth Justice workers and frontline Police conducted numerous engagements including bail checks, breaches of bail, street checks, and warrants.

Taskforce Guardian also works with key support services and local resources to engage at-risk youth with relevant programs, focusing on health, education, disability services and First Nations initiatives.

Mackay District Officer Superintendent Graeme Paine said the operation had assisted frontline police with both crime prevention and crime reduction.

“Having Taskforce Guardian in Mackay provides us with additional boots on the ground to continue disrupting youth offending and anti-social behaviour,” he said.

“Together we were able to saturate known hotspots while also using it as an opportunity to engage with local youth and refer them to appropriate support services.”

The borderless nature of Taskforce Guardian allows the team to deploy wherever support is needed throughout the state, at any given time.

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