Officers from Mount Isa Bike Squad attended St Josephs Primary School in relation to Pokémon Go trespassers around 1.30pm on July 13.
Constable Bishop said rules are enforced very strictly to protect children from a range of different safety threats.
“We were nearby when we received the job details and were able to assist,” Constable Bishop said.
“Schools are not a place for Pokémon players. You must have specific permission to be on school property, or you can face charges.”
St Josephs Primary School principal Helen Wade said she agreed.
“Schools are private property so it is important that people, when they are out and about, do respect the law and not trespass,” Ms Wade said.
The Pokémon Go Charmander refused to answer any questions.
Mount Isa Police conduct 24-hour patrols of school grounds as part of our commitment to community safety. Schools and education facilities are strictly off limits without a lawful reason, and can attract a fine of up to $2,200.
Article by Sergeant Cath Purcell
Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic and published by The Pokémon Company as part of the Pokémon franchise. It was released worldwide in July 2016 for iOS and Android devices.
The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear throughout the real world. It makes use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices. Although the game is free-to-play, it supports in-app purchases of additional gameplay items. An optional companion Bluetooth wearable device, the Pokémon Go Plus, is planned for future release and will alert users when Pokémon are nearby.
The game quickly became one of the most used smart device apps after launching, surpassing the previous record held by Candy Crush Saga in the United States. Pokémon Go was a boon to the stock value of Nintendo, which owns a part of The Pokémon Company. It was praised by some medical professionals for potentially improving the mental and physical health of players, but attracted some controversy due to reports of causing accidents and being a public nuisance at some locations.