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Cops use secret weapon to spy on Gold Coast schoolies

Police will bring in about 200 officers to patrol Gold Coast entertainment hot spots for Schoolies, and they also have a secret spy weapon.

Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler put all school leavers on notice on Friday by announcing cops will not only be out in force but will be monitoring more than 700 fixed cameras on the Gold Coast.

Camera IconA street safety camera in Surfers Paradise. Police will monitor more than 700 during Schoolies to clamp down on larrikin behaviour. Credit: News Limited, Supplied / QPS

Superintendent Wheeler said police would be targeting drug activity and Gold Coast hotel larrikinism, with their main focus in the heart of Surfers Paradise.

“Officers are going to be patrolling and monitoring the Surfers Paradise CBD, in particular, not only through patrols but also through the extensive safety camera network across the Gold Coast,” he told reporters.

“There’s some 700-plus cameras in that network, which is really effective to help us police, not only in real time, but also to gather evidence of any incidents that occur.”

Camera IconGold Coast Superintendent Mark Wheeler says drug activity will be heavily targeted during the unofficial Schoolies week. Credit: News Corp Australia, Tertius Pickard

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