Gold Coast cop Jim Keogh gets back to motoring basics

Jim Keogh, commander-in-charge of the Gold Coast’s Rapid Action and Patrols group.
Jim Keogh, commander-in-charge of the Gold Coast’s Rapid Action and Patrols group.

MEET the new small screen police star. But he is no actor.

Superintendent Commander Jim Keogh is "The Boss" in Gold Coast Cops, an observational documentary series which follows the elite members of Queensland's Rapid Action and Patrols group.

The RAP team was originally formed as Taskforce Takeback to clean up the Glitter Strip and put an end to street violence and outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Each episode of the series follows RAP teams as they head out on both regular patrols and planned operations from their exclusive location in the heart of the beautiful Gold Coast. These operations can involve anything from investigating robbery, to assaults, drug busts, return to jail warrants, liquor licensing, steroid use and stolen property.

We caught up with Keogh to talk about his motoring past and present.

What was your first car?

My first car was a gold and white four-cylinder 1970 Ford Cortina. It was a column shift with bench sheets which was good in those days because I lived 500 metres from the Skyline drive-in.

What are you driving now, and what do you love and hate about it?

Driving a new Hyundai i40 diesel. Prior to that I had a VW Jetta and it was good to go back to the controls not being on the other side such as wipers etc.

What car did your family have while you were growing up?

We had a 1967 white Holden station wagon. It had a 186 straight-six motor and was automatic. It was a great car and very reliable. Thankfully petrol was a lot cheaper then because it sure was heavy on the fuel.

What is your greatest frustration on the road?

People who sit in the right-hand lane driving well under the speed limit, and traffic lights on the Gold Coast Highway.

Do you have any preferred driving music?

Not really. I listen to the news to make sure I have not missed anything that I need to know about. On long trips, Phil Collins.

If you were to pick anyone in the world to take on a road trip, who would it be?

Dick Johnson. He could fix the car if it broke down.

What is your dream car?

I am pretty basic. A new diesel Nissan X-Trail would be nice.

Vital statistics

Who: Jim Keogh.

Resume: As an ex-Gold Coast surf lifesaver, Keogh prides himself on leading by example and maintains his fitness with early morning workouts and boxing at the local PCYC. He is the commander-in-charge of the Gold Coast's Rapid Action and Patrols group. Since it was first formed as "Taskforce Takeback" in September 2013, Jim's overseen the taskforce grow from a team of just 50 to 100 officers, the majority of whom were hand-picked by him.

See him: In Gold Coast Cops, Tuesdays at 7.30pm on Channel 10.

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