The Mobile Police Community Office (MPCO) is a new project established to provide an alternative approach to community engagement and hotspot policing. The proposal is to utilise a large vehicle outfitted with high visibility decals as the MPCO. This MPCO would be deployed to particular hotspot locations identified by intelligence and provide a high visibility presence in that community.
The MPCO would be able to attend areas where no police station exists or where people have trouble getting to their local police station, for example a retirement village or less populated area. It will further benefit the QPS by increasing its mobility thereby increasing access to the community and information sources, particularly in high priority areas.
A “Mobile, myPolice” Blog will be developed that will be able to provide real-time ideas and highlight issues of concern to the community from the various MPCO sites.
Crimsafe aims to maintain a high level of perceived and actual safety in the community so that Queensland residents and visitors feel safe and have confidence in their personal safety and property security. Crimsafe have identified this project as representing a mutually beneficial relationship with a common focus on community safety and crime prevention. This has resulted in a Sponsorship Agreement being signed recently by Commissioner Ian Stewart and Crimsafe Managing Director, Steve Brabeck in support of the project.
With the support of Crimsafe, the MPCO project is currently arranging the purchase of the vehicle. Further sponsorship arrangements will soon be completed that will allow the vehicle to be furnished and deployed to Brisbane neighbourhoods.