THE Queensland government has
appointed a "criminal gangbuster" to lead a statewide taskforce
which will crackdown on criminal motorcycle gang activity.
Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing has been
appointed as the boss of a statewide taskforce designed to drive
rogue bikies out of Queensland.
Minister for Police and Community Safety Jack
Dempsey says Mr Pointing - who led the recovery effort in the
wake of this year's Queensland floods - is the man for the top
"Mr Pointing has a strong track record of
no-nonsense, commonsense policing and shares the government's
determination to rid the streets of criminal gangs and thugs,"
Mr Dempsey said when announcing Mr Pointing's appointment on
"He will lead a hand-picked team of
experienced officers to crack down on criminal motorcycle gangs
throughout the entire state.
"I have assured Mr Pointing that he will have
whatever resources he needs to get the job done."
An additional 50 police officers will be put
on the beat on the Gold Coast to crackdown on criminal bikies at
the popular tourist spot.
Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan has
also announced a Queensland strike force to work alongside the
Officers from the Australian Federal Police
will work in Queensland while two Australian Crime Commission
officers will be embedded with the Queensland police's Taskforce
The move will allow Queensland police to
access the services of Commonwealth law enforcement agencies as
well as other government agencies such as the Australian Tax
The Queensland government is also drafting
"the world's toughest" anti-bikie laws and promising generous
cash rewards to members of the public for information about
suspicious bikie activity.
It will give Crime Stoppers an additional $5
million to distribute as reward money for information received
about criminal gangs.
Mr Dempsey said arrangements had been made to
find a suitable replacement for Mr Pointing in the coming days.