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Police prepare to farewell Senior Constable Brett Forte

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) will today put the final touches on plans for the funeral of Senior Constable Brett Forte.

Senior Constable Forte will be farewelled at a police funeral tomorrow at the Clive Berghofer Recreational Centre at 11am.

Assistant Commissioner Tony Wright said he expected a large crowd made up of Senior Constable Forte’s family, friends and colleagues.

“Since last Monday’s tragic events, we have been inundated with well wishes and messages of support from the community which has been very touching,” Assistant Commissioner Wright said.

“Tomorrow is all about honouring Senior Constable Forte’s sacrifice and our officers have been working around the clock to ensure everything is in place to give him the dignified farewell that he deserves.

“We are expecting a large crowd to attend the funeral tomorrow, and we have done extensive planning to ensure that we get everyone in and out safely.

“The venue can seat around 2,000 people and a big screen will be erected out the front with temporary seating available for attendees if the venue becomes full.”

Members of the public will be able to watch the funeral live on the Seven, Nine and Ten Networks from 11am. ABC News will also broadcast parts of the service on its news channel.

Senior Constable Forte was killed in the line of duty last Monday and is survived by his wife and three children.

With Honour He Served.

Road closures

A section of Baker Street outside the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre be closed to all vehicles on Wednesday.

Baker Street, from the western ring road entry (eastern side) to West Street – including the access at the eastern end of the ring road on to Baker Street will be closed from 7am to 3pm.

Vehicle access to the funeral will be via the western end of Baker Street. Vehicles coming from West Street should use Wuth Street and Platz Street.

Signs and barriers to advise drivers of traffic changes will be in place.

Car parking

Those attending the funeral can park their vehicles in one of two car parks on Baker Street.

Cars will be directed to park in the first car park until such a time as it is full.

Remaining vehicles will be directed to park in a secondary, overflow car park, also on Baker Street. (See Map B)

Guard of Honour

The QPS Executive Leadership Team will lead a Guard of Honour for Senior Constable Forte.

Serving and retired QPS officers and staff will line both sides of Baker Street to pay their respects.

The Guard of Honour may stretch east all the way to West Street. (Map C)

The funeral motorcade will travel from the Clive Berghofer Recreational Centre, east down Baker Street, past the Guard of Honour.

The motorcade will be escorted by police motorcycles, the QPS Pipes and Drums, the Mounted Unit and the Dog Squad.

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