Police Minister Jack Dempsey
Police Minister Jack Dempsey

Ponting to lead taskforce in confronting criminal gangs

IN ITS fight against outlaw bikie gangs, the Queensland Government appears to be inspired by the war against mobsters in the United States, with Police Minister Jack Dempsey announcing his own group of untouchables.

Deputy Police Commission Brett Ponting will lead the "state-wide taskforce" in confronting the criminal gangs, with the minister revealing the new role on the weekend.

In the late 1920s, a group of American federal agents formed a group nicknamed the "untouchables" as they worked to bring down famed mobster Al Capone, who profited from the country's laws against alcohol.

Mr Ponting was "the right man for the job" according to the minister.

"He will lead a hand-picked team of experienced officers to crack down on criminal motorcycle gangs throughout the entire state," Mr Dempsey said.

"I have assured Mr Ponting that he will have whatever resources he needs to get the job done."

A pool of $5 million will also be used to entice information about bikie gangs and their activities from the public.

The Sunday appointment followed word from Queensland Police that a member of the Bandidos bikie group was arrested.

The 21-year-old is the latest in a string of arrests following a brawl at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast which heavily involved bikie gangs.


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