Physical resource management
The QPS Strategic Capital Planning Committee considers the needs of internal and external clients regarding major capital works. It sets the medium and long term priorities for QPS capital works and informs the Board of Management in relation to these priorities. See page 20 for more information on the committee’s activities.
Administration Division directs the management and development of administrative and logistic support.
During 2009-10, procurement and logistical support was provided for the following projects:
- Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system
- Telecommunications interception system
- Public Safety Network
- Legacy Migration program
- Intelligent Traffic Policing Program
- Purchase of various marine vessels
- Purchase of an aircraft
- Negotiation of support and maintenance for the Electronic Document Management System.
Fleet Management Branch selects the most operationally suitable vehicles and develops the optimum fit-out of
those vehicles for Service use.
The QPS fleet currently numbers 2 316 vehicles including 97 motorcycles.
Green technology continues to be introduced with two noteworthy developments—the Toyota Camry Hybrid being used as a general duties patrol vehicle and the Hyundai iLoad diesel patrol van with prisoner containment module for safe transportation.
In particular, Fleet Management Branch developed eight new hybrid vehicles specifically for accompanying wide load escorts. The Australian made vehicles will incorporate a forward facing message bar for the first time to allow motorists to easily view instructions for increased safety.
As part of the Government’s policy, the QPS is also required to reduce its production of carbon dioxide by 10% by 2010, 25% by 2012, and 50% by 2017. Fleet Management Branch is actively pursuing this through smarter vehicle purchases and the Service has already achieved the 2010 target.
The Queensland Water Police are responsible for policing the state’s coastline and waterways, and coordinating the state’s search and rescue response. The Water Police fleet statewide is made up of 69 vessels, ranging from 22m Class 1 patrol and command catamarans to jet skis. These vessels are located at 21 police stations around the state. Eleven of these stations are specialist water police facilities.
During 2009-10, the following activities were undertaken:
- 18 major projects were delivered including the replacement of 12 small vessels between 4.75 and 9m and the replacement of a number of outboards across the fleet
- the design was finalised for the replacement vessel for the Class 1 vessel ‘George R Young’ attached to Whitsunday Water Police Station
- the delivery of the new ‘Ivan Brodie’ 9m Tactical Response vessel for the Far Northern Region which is also capable of transporting an eight officer SERT team and two Water Police officers at 48 knots if required
- the major refit of the 10m police vessel ‘D.A Shean’ commenced with the majority of works being managed in-house at the Marine Technical Section. Refitting this vessel in-house provides considerable cost savings to the Service. This refit is due for completion in September 2010 and will extend the useable life of this vessel and provide more efficient and effective policing capabilities for the South Eastern Region, in particular the busy waterways of the Gold Coast.
These new vessels and outboards represent the latest in technology and will significantly improve the marine operational capability of police in areas of search and rescue, vessel interception, counter-terrorism and crime.
The Service currently operates six aircraft, collectively referred to as the Police Air Wing: a Cessna Citation jet and Cessna Caravan based in Brisbane, a Beechcraft B1900 and Cessna Grand Caravan based in Cairns, a Cessna Caravan based in Mt Isa and a recently purchased Britten-Norman aircraft based on Horn Island.
The Air Wing provides the QPS with the capacity to rapidly deploy officers and specialist equipment to emergency situations throughout the state. It also facilitates the movement of prisoners and police officers across most of Queensland and into remote areas.
QPS aircraft have assisted with search and rescue operations within the state and offshore, as well as flood relief duties in outback Queensland.
The Citation Jet provides rapid and secure transport for interstate extraditions and supports the Government Air Wing on donor organ retrieval flights.
During 2009-10, the Air Wing operated over 2 208 flight hours and travelled 817 086 kilometres. In addition to 24 528 kilograms of freight, the Air Wing also transported 11 908 passengers including 2 839 prisoners.
Capital Works Program
During 2009-10, capital works funding of $57 million provided for the completion and further development of a number of significant infrastructure projects to address population growth and support service delivery. Projects delivered during this time provided modern, state of the art facilities to assist frontline staff in serving the community. The projects completed include:
- new or replacement police stations at Carseldine, Crestmead, Holland Park, Mareeba, Robina, Sippy Downs and Springfield, and a replacement police station and watchhouse at Ipswich
- new district headquarters at Coomera
- new Horn Island aircraft hangar
- new residences at Aurukun, Lockhart River and Pormpuraaw
- fit out of the accommodation for the North Coast Region Joint Communications Centre
- the refurbishment of Upper Mt Gravatt Station and the Fortitude Valley heritage listed station.
The Service has developed a program to incrementally upgrade CCTV facilities throughout the state. The upgrades of the Normanton and Cunnamulla watchhouses were completed in the 2009-10 financial year. Documentation was also completed for the upgrade of CCTV at Mackay, Mt Isa, Cairns and Maryborough watchhouses.
Major capital works projects for 2010-11 include:
- completion of the replacement police station and watchhouse at Murgon
- completion of an upgrade of the Townsville Police Academy
- a replacement police station at Carina
- a replacement police station at Calliope
- refurbishment of the Richlands Watchhouse
- upgrade of the Burleigh Heads Police Complex
- refurbishment of Beenleigh Police Station;
- completion of the Thursday Island Water Police Office and Boat Shed
- fitout of the Pine Rivers District Office and upgrade to police stations at Goodna and Mackay
- replacement police station at Lockhart River
- the replacement Water Police facility for Sunshine Coast District
- a forensic facility for Oxley District
- replacement district police facility at Townsville
- a new police station at Badu Island.
Westgate Academy Project
The Westgate Project is continuing work on delivering a new Police Academy on its Wacol site in 2014.
The project is currently finalising design for the Academy precinct and whole-of-site infrastructure. Renovation of the heritage listed cricket pavilion and the demolition of surplus buildings have been completed.
Construction work is due to commence on the site infrastructure, including the upgrade of internal and external roads and services. Work is also scheduled to commence on the refurbishment of the remaining 12 heritage listed buildings.
The Driver Training facility, including track and associated classrooms, is due for completion in September 2010.
The project is on target to be completed in the 2014-15 financial year and will replace the existing campuses at Oxley, and training facilities at Mt Cotton and Chelmer.
Environmental sustainability and infrastructure
The Queensland Government’s Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland strategy has set goals addressing current and future challenges for Queensland, including a onethird reduction in Queensland’s carbon footprint with reduced car and electricity use. The QPS is committed to the reduction of emissions created by government buildings and vehicles as well as managing water consumption and waste production.
The QPS has established an Environmental Governance Committee (EGC) to provide an appropriate framework to ensure the Service is aligned to the State and Federal Governments' environmental policies and targets.
The QPS EGC makes recommendations to the Senior Executive and has, as its consultative body, the Environmental Management Working Group consisting of representatives from all regions, commands and divisions within the Service.
The Queensland Police Service Environmental Policy provides a framework from which the Committee can develop environmental management systems and plans and forms the cornerstone of the Service’s response to environmental management.
The Queensland Police Service Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP) has been developed to guide the way we manage the department’s future energy consumption so that we can meet the objectives of the State Government’s Strategic Energy Efficiency Policy for Queensland Government Buildings.
This policy requires the Service to achieve a 5% energy reduction by 2010 and a 20% saving by 2015. With the completion of the initiatives outlined in the table below, the Service will have achieved an 8.2% reduction in energy consumption (based on the 2005-06 baseline).
The SEMP outlines the use of the Built Environment Material Information Register to record and report on energy consumption and to identify poorly performing facilities. This strategy will enable the Queensland Police Service to meet the 2015 energy savings target.
During 2009-10, the following activities were undertaken.
|Police Headquarters||Retrofit - Hot Water||3 618 683||In progress|
|Brisbane City Watchhouse||Retrofit – Lighting||41 317||In progress|
|Townsville Station||Retrofit – Lighting||253 409||In progress|
|Palm Beach Station||Retrofit – Lighting||39 370||Completed|
|Nerang Station||Retrofit – Lighting||51 707||Completed|
|Loganholme Station||Retrofit – Lighting||43 937||Completed|
|Rockhampton Watchhouse||Retrofit – Chillers||35 055||Completed|
|Rockhampton Station||Retrofit – Lighting||275 997||Completed|
The QPS is committed to the Government Buildings Water Conservation Program (Water Smart Buildings) which aims to reduce water consumption by at least 25%, primarily in new and existing government commercial buildings.
Our commitment is demonstrated by the adoption of and compliance with the Water Efficiency Management Plans (WEMP) in South East Queensland. This plan provides long-term efficiencies and savings for identified police stations and facilities. Water saving strategies include:
- recycling water in air conditioning cooling towers in Police Headquarters
- educating staff to raise the awareness of water conservation
- reviewing the way water is used and recycled
- quarterly reporting on water consumption against WEMP targets
- regular maintenance and inspections of water supply equipment and associated devices.
The Queensland Police Service Waste Management Strategic Plan (WMSP) focuses on the Government’s waste management hierarchy of waste avoidance, reuse, recycling, energy recovery from waste and disposal.
This focus highlights the strong and growing commitment the Service has to reducing the amount of waste created, ensuring efficient use of resources and encouraging recycling of resources.
Waste management strategies being implemented by the Service include:
- battery recycling within Police Headquarters in partnership with an external provider. This process is currently being examined for adoption within regional areas.
- recycling RBT mouthpieces – the current breath testing mouthpieces are manufactured from 100% polyethylene and can be recycled in the same manner as other domestic plastic materials such as milk and soft drink bottles.
Greenhouse gas emissions
The QPS is committed to supporting the Queensland Government’s Toward Q2: Tomorrow's Queensland target to cut Queensland’s greenhouse gas emissions by one third by 2020. This commitment includes implementation of the Government's climate change and other environmental strategies such as the ClimateQ: toward a greener Queensland strategy.
Six gases have been identified under the Kyoto Protocol as the main greenhouse gas emissions that need to be reduced. The gases are carbon dioxide, hydrofluorocarbons, methane, nitrous oxides, perfluorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride. As part of standard emission measurement practices these gases are mainly reported as carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (CO2-e).
The Queensland Government has established minimum greenhouse gas emissions reporting requirements for departments covering their main greenhouse gas emitting business activities, namely those linked to (i) vehicle use, (ii) electricity consumption and (iii) air travel. These activities are sources of both direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions.
The following table outlines the emissions relating to the QPS for 1 April 2009 – 31 March 2010 as mandated for
reporting in departmental annual reports:
(tonnes of CO2-e)
(tonnes of CO2)
(tonnes of CO2)
QFleet leased vehicles
Purchased directly from an electricity
Sourced through a third party
Domestic air travel on commercial
International air travel on commercial
Police Air Wing
- The emissions figure has been aggregated using National Greenhouse Emissions Reporting (NGER) guidelines and represents emissions for four primary fuel types: unleaded petrol, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and E10. Figures shown are estimates based on available fuel consumption records.
- The hire car vehicle emissions attributable to Avis Australia vehicles booked under the Standing Offer Arrangement managed by the Queensland Government Chief Procurement Office have been calculated by Avis Australia. The emission offsets figure relates to purchased national Greenhouse Friendly™ certified carbon offsets.
- This emissions figure is based on available building-related electricity consumption records for the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010. For these records the emissions reported are limited to those linked to electricity purchased directly from an energy retailer for this department's own buildings and any space it leases. Incomplete electricity consumption records have been extrapolated where necessary. The electricity consumption has then been converted to carbon emissions, using the combined Scope 2 and Scope 3 conversion factor of 1.01 kg CO2-e/kWh, as published in the Australian Government’s National Greenhouse Accounts Factors Workbook (June 2009). The emission offsets figure includes GreenPower accredited renewable energy procured through Ecofund by the Department of Public Works on behalf of each department. The process involved the centralised bulk purchase of Queensland-based GreenPower Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), and subsequently surrendering them to the Australian Government's Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator.
- This emissions figure is based on emissions associated with electricity use in leased spaces, where the electricity is not directly purchased by the tenant department from an energy retailer, e.g. where the electricity costs form part of lease charges. This figure includes estimated consumption (where specific details aren't available) and actual electricity records received from government and private sector landlords. Incomplete electricity consumption records have been apportioned and/or extrapolated, where necessary. For example, in those major government office buildings owned by the Department of Public Works, and which do not have separate electricity sub-metering for tenants, the electricity consumption and associated emissions have been apportioned 45% to the landlord, and 55% to the tenants – in line with industry practice and historical benchmarking.
The emission offsets figure includes GreenPower accredited renewable energy procured through Ecofund by the Department of Public Works, on behalf of each department.
- Air travel includes all flights recorded by the Queensland Government Chief Procurement Office (QGCPO) during the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010, specifically:
• international air travel on commercial airlines; and
• domestic air travel on commercial airlines.
For all air travel, the following methodology is used. GCPO calculates the kilometres flown from data provided. The kilometre figure is divided by 100 and multiplied by an industry average number of litres of fuel burnt per passenger per 100 kms. A factor of 5 has been used for all air travel (sourced from the International Civil Aviation Organisation). The use of this method gives the average litres of fuel burnt for a flight, per passenger. This figure is subsequently converted from litres into kilograms and then from kilograms into tonnes, before being multiplied by 3.157 (which represents the amount of CO2 tonnes produced by burning one tonne of aviation fuel sourced from the International Civil Aviation Organisation).
The emission offsets figure for air travel relates to purchased national Greenhouse Friendly™ certified carbon offsets.
- QPS Air Wing air travel is not purchased through the QGCPO.