Anti-bikie crime squad to continue

Taskforce Maxima made permanent

Anti-bikie crime squad to continue

Image: Police Minister Mark Ryan and Assistant Commissioner Peter Martin

The State Crime Command is being restructured but Taskforce Maxima's not going anywhere.

It was announced on Thursday that the anti-bikie crime squad would become a permanent fixture of a new Organised Crime Gangs Group, that would focus on all forms of organised crime.

Police Minister Mark Ryan said the decision to make the Taskforce permanent should send shudders through the minds of all outlaw motorcycle gangs.

"There is no brand more powerful in Queensland than Taskforce Maxima; it does exceptional work," he said.

"This new structure provides Taskforce Maxima with the ability to have surge capacity as and is needed so we can continue the fight against organised crime and crimes committed by members of outlaw motorcycle gangs," he said.

Acting Police Commissioner Peter Martin said since Taskforce Maxima started in late 2013, officers have arrested 3 and a half thousand people "on something in the order of 10,000 criminal charges."

"We have also restrained and seized property to the value of 18 million dollars and a significant amount of drugs has been seized," he said.

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