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New Police minister Mark Ryan vows to bikies ‘we will get you, we will take action’ with tough laws

NEW Minister Mark Ryan has told bikies, “We will get you”, as police move within 48 hours to arrest patched gang members on Gold Coast streets.

After private meetings with senior police and Mayor Tom Tate yesterday, Mr Ryan said: “The clear message to anyone who wants to engage in organised crime activity is — you do it, we will get you, we will take action and we will pull you before the courts”.

In an exclusive interview with the Bulletin, he also promised that:

• Within days any bikie wearing colours on the Glitter Strip will be arrested by police as the first stage of the government’s Serious and Organised Crime laws kick in.

• The second stage of the crime package will see existing empty clubhouses dismantled, starting in March next year.

His door is open and all Police Commissioner Ian Stewart needs to do is ask if he believes the Coast needs more resources like a police station in the northern suburbs.

• The government will “talk up the Coast” unlike the Opposition which did not ask him a single question in his first week in Parliament.

The Gold Coast Bulletin understands both the Government and senior police were embarrassed after the paper published a photograph on Monday of two Black Power members posing with a handgun in a suburban street.

Sources suggested senior police were tracking down the gang members who will be charged if the flouting of colours in a public place can be substantiated.

“If those colours are those of the OMCG, they will commit an offence under the new suite of laws which start within days,” Mr Ryan said.

Asked about the bikie-linked shooting at Carrara last Friday and the community’s fear about rising gang violence, he urged patience as officers were being trained up on the new laws.

Police would not only shut down new clubhouses but dismantle older ones which remained vacant, Mr Ryan said.

“We will have police going into those clubhouses ripping them apart, taking the paraphernalia and the colours,” he said.

“They won’t be reopening. We will be dismantling them.”

Mr Ryan declined to give his position on three key operational issues, saying it was a matter for the Police Commissioner and senior hierarchy in Surfers Paradise.

The Opposition believes a new police station is needed at Ormeau in the city’s fast-growing north, while police on the beat want a dedicated drug squad and for RAP to focus on bikies rather than general crime duties.

“Politicians shouldn’t decide where police resources go,” Mr Ryan said.

“Based on that theory, if the police commissioner wants additional resources, all he has to do is let me know and I will talk to my Cabinet colleagues and we will deliver.”

Mayor Tom Tate, a strong critic of Labor’s new Serious and Organised Crime laws, said the minister had responded by assuring residents and tourists would be safe.

“From our discussions, I’m more confident of the minister’s and the city’s top officers’ desire to keep the foot on the bikies’ throats,” Cr Tate said.

“On Thursday of this week the anti-association elements of the revised legislation come into force where bikies will not be able to wear their colours or other paraphernalia in a public place.

“Before, it was banned just in licensed premises.”

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/new-police-minister-mark-ryan-vows-to-bikies-we-will-get-you-we-will-take-action-with-tough-laws/news-story/301ef972b4cff5aed63632686d979a59
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