Police halt MP’s birthday ‘drive by’ plan

 

A Gold Coast MP says a plan for a beat cop deliver a birthday surprise to kids in his community was scrapped because of "perception" concerns.

Bonney MP Sam O'Connor proposed the idea last month, noting it would only be a quick drive-by to "brighten a kid's day" and would not interfere with urgent jobs.

"Is your kid having a birthday at home? Our local Police Beat officer has offered to make it a little more special by driving past and flashing his lights and sirens," a Facebook post said. "Message me your kid's name, gender and your address and I'll see when we can drop by."

LNP MPs Bonney MP Sam O'Connor says a plan for a beat cop deliver a birthday surprise to kids in his community was scrapped because of “perception” concerns. (Photo/Steve Holland)
LNP MPs Bonney MP Sam O'Connor says a plan for a beat cop deliver a birthday surprise to kids in his community was scrapped because of “perception” concerns. (Photo/Steve Holland)

The call-out to Arundel and Parkwood families attracted hundreds of comments from people keen to take it up.

But it was abandoned after concerns it would "create a perception resources were being diverted away from their normal job of protecting our community", Mr O'Connor said.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said: "Whilst the intent is understood it is not possible to provide this service equally to all children wanting a home birthday visit."

The spokesman said police valued the importance of engaging with youth and did so through numerous programs.

 

❌ Police Birthday Drive By Cancelled 😢 Just had a call from someone further up the line than our local Arundel Beat...

Posted by Sam O'Connor MP on Friday, 1 May 2020

 

City police were being deployed on business-as-usual duties plus border checks, business and public space security patrols and investigations into breaches of health directives to halt coronavirus, police said.

Mr O'Connor said he understood the decision.

"I still don't think it would have been too much of a problem. It's not like he would have been putting off a major job. It would have been a pretty minor thing and it's all about promoting him in our area."

Sam O'Connor plans for a beat cop to deliver a birthday surprise to Coast kids cancelled but delivering presents with the Multicultural Families Organisation. Photo: Sam O'Connor
Sam O'Connor plans for a beat cop to deliver a birthday surprise to Coast kids cancelled but delivering presents with the Multicultural Families Organisation. Photo: Sam O'Connor

Mr O'Connor and the Multicultural Families Organisation still delivered presents to children celebrating their birthdays.

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