are disbanding their anti-bikie Taskforce Maxima and reassigning
its officers to a new permanent unit within the State Crime Command.
As part of a restructure prompted by the
Palaszczuk government's Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry two years ago,
the QPS will from May 1 add a new unit to the Command to be called the
Organised Crime Gangs Group.
QPS said the unit "will focus on
targeting organised crime gangs, regardless of ethnic, familial, social
(links) or political ideologies". QPS declined to reveal the strength of
the unit but said there would be no reduction in overall staff numbers
in the Command.
Fairfax Media understands the current
strength of Taskforce Maxima is about 90 officers.
Taskforce commander Detective Supt
Mick Niland said the "nature of organised crime is that it's always
He said that under the new set-up
there would be "a relentless pursuit of OMCG (outlaw motorcycle criminal
gangs) and other crime groups".
The 2015 Commission of Inquiry,
chaired by Michael Byrne QC, found the focus on bikies under the
previous Newman government had come at the expense of all other types of
organised crime. Commissioner Byrne found Queensland was the "epicentre"
of organised investment fraud in Australia and that organised child
exploitation was "endemic" in the state, while members of outlaw
motorcycle clubs were responsible for just half of one percent of all
The inquiry prompted a two-year review
of State Crime Command. According to QPS the review "identified a need
to adapt the structure ... to build capability and become more agile and
capable of responding to significant and emerging crime trends". QPS
said the new organised crime unit would "target all criminal gangs
across the State and apply the skill and resources where it is needed
The Palaszczuk government in December
introduced NSW-style consorting laws to replace controversial
anti-association laws introduced by the Newman government in 2013.
Fairfax Media understands that no-one has yet been charged under the new
Along with the new organised crime
unit, State Crime Command will from May 1 encompass units targeting
child abuse and sexual crimes; drug and serious crimes; financial and
cyber crimes; and the homicide group.