by Acting Senior Sergeant Muller
The Queensland Police Mounted Unit attended Rainbow Beach recently over the Easter break to help with the influx of holiday makers. The area sees an influx of approximately 10,000 beach campers over school holiday periods.
The focus of the patrols, which were conducted between Inskip Point and Rainbow Beach, was to provide a high visibility police presence and also to ensure road and beach safety with the high volume of traffic.
Normal road road rules apply to beach driving, and the presence of the Mounted Unit was a great reminder to motorists that they can be stopped anywhere, anytime.
Drivers were surprised but happy to receive RBT from police whilst mounted on horses and the horses were always keen to get a pat from any children in the back seats.
The deployment away to Rainbow Beach was the first for Senior Constable Proctor, who is currently completing a three month secondment to the mounted unit. He normally performs duty at Redcliffe Station as a General Duties Officer.
Mounted Officers performed RBTs from horse back.
Senior Constable Proctor and Troop Horse CJ at Inskip Point with the Fraser Island Ferry.