LNP pledges 1100 new front line police

28 Feb 2012 2:41 PMJann Stuckey

28 February 2012

THE LNP has pledged an extra $275 million to put 1100 extra new police on the front line to fight crime in Queensland.

LNP Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP said the LNP was strongly committed to making Queensland communities safer by delivering the 1100 extra new police where they were needed to fight crime – in our suburbs and on our city streets.

“Unlike Labor, the LNP understands that policing is complex and demanding and we will provide the real support and resources that our police need to do their jobs,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Labor has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars that could have been spent on revitalising frontline services including police resources.  The LNP will cut Labor’s waste and ensure local residents have the police resourcing on the ground they deserve.”

Ms Stuckey said the LNP would recruit an extra 1100 new police over four years, at an additional cost of up to $275 million over four years.

“Three hundred will be delivered in a surge in the next year and an LNP Government will move up to 200 existing police (around 50 a year over four years) from behind office desks back to the front line.

“We will deliver at least 100 of these new frontline police to the Gold Coast and Logan regions to tackle the rise in armed and violent crime, drug crime and robberies.

“The rest of this substantial boost in police numbers will be distributed to stations across Queensland to redress Labor’s 20 years of appalling neglect.

“Our commitment of 1100 extra new front line police is a key plank in the LNP’s Safer Streets Crime Action Plan to restore Queensland Police as a force to keep our families safe.

“This commitment for more front line police is part of our plan keep families and communities safe and revitalising front line services, which also will:
• Smash organised crime by implementing strong unexplained wealth orders,
• Invest in a Major Crime Squad for the Gold Coast,
• Crackdown on graffiti crime and its offenders,
• Provide an additional $2 million a year to Local Councils to help clean up graffiti
• Boost community crime fighting with an additional $1 million a year to revitalise Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Stoppers, and
• Increase penalties for murder.

“Only the LNP has a vision to change things in Queensland for the better by making our streets safer, cutting unemployment to 4 per cent, reducing payroll tax and slashing red tape. But there won’t be real action to increase police numbers without a change of government.

“It’s time for a change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track.”

More information can be found at www.lnp.org.au/policies