A 14-strong flotilla of police vessels cruised the Brisbane River this morning in an unprecedented show of force ahead of the G20 summit.
Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Barnett said it was a historic day for the service as Queensland Police Service (QPS) was preparing for one of the biggest security operations in recent history.
Mr Barnett said the flotilla would patrol the Brisbane River 24 hours a day until the G20 Summit ended on Monday.
“The water police is but one of the many security operations that we have running, that will provide the necessary security overlay to keep the G20 safe and sound,” Mr Barnett said.
Mr Barnett said as a consequence of the water police taking over this section of the river, all recreational boating between the Story Bridge and the go-between bridge was banned until Monday.
“There has been plenty of signs placed on boat ramps, so recreational boat-owners will be aware of the restrictions, and commercial boat owner will still be able to operate provided they sort the necessary permit,” he said.