Senior Constable Kate Blomkamp on Wizard and Senior Constable Simon Shilton on Eton with fellow Ipswich Police Station police in the Ipswich City Mall. Ipswich Police are increasing mounted horse patrols in the CBD in response to recent racial attacks in the mall area.
Senior Constable Kate Blomkamp on Wizard and Senior Constable Simon Shilton on Eton with fellow Ipswich Police Station police in the Ipswich City Mall. Ipswich Police are increasing mounted horse patrols in the CBD in response to recent racial attacks in the mall area. Sarah Harvey

Extra horsepower to boost public safety after attacks in CBD

IPSWICH police plan to increase mounted patrols in the Top of Town to boost their presence following a spate of CBD attacks.

Police will call on the Brisbane-base mounted unit, and the newly established Rail Squad based in Bell St and if need be the public safety response team to keep the peace in the CBD.

The move follows a number of incidents and high tensions after staff from the Indian Mehfil restaurant were stabbed and racially abused in the past month.

Officers will work in groups of up to eight to patrol the Top of Town, Bell St and across the river to Riverlink Shopping centre in a bid to improve public safety.

According to statistics on website police.qld.gov.au, 100 offences were reported in Bell St over the last three months, with 48 of them good order offences.

Despite the CBD's reputation, Ipswich officer in charge Laurie Shevlin said it can be salvaged.

"We want a stable presence in the CBD to deter anti-social behaviour, there will be a zero tolerance approach," he said.

"Horses have some tactical advantages in times of trouble and it's another way we can interact with the community. It's something that has been part of policing for centuries.

"I think it's always improving. We have come along way policing wise in the last few years. We are improving how we identify offenders and we're working pretty closely with Safe City."

Horses Wizard and Eton patrolled the Ipswich Mall this week, and proved to be an attraction amongst the public.

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale welcomed the police's move to increase their presence.

"The thing about it is its not so much crime but anti-social behaviour. What are we going to do with these kids if they don't have any respect," he said.

  • IPSWICH will continue to stand up to racism in a public rally held in the Ipswich Mall on July 12 at 11am. Among the guest speakers are Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Glen Elms and Mayor Pisasale.