Ser­vice safe

The Gympie Times - - LIFE -

AMID the hub­bub of the elec­tion cam­paign and the an­nounce­ment that the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment will re­cruit 400 ex­tra po­lice over the next four years, I am con­cerned that an­other very im­por­tant an­nounce­ment may have been over­shad­owed. That is the al­lo­ca­tion of $1.75 mil­lion over the next four years to help Crime Stop­pers con­tinue its crime-solv­ing part­ner­ship with the com­mu­nity.

Our po­lice do a fan­tas­tic job but they of­ten de­pend on the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to them from the com­mu­nity.

A call to Crime Stop­pers may be the fi­nal piece of in­for­ma­tion po­lice need to break a case and I want Queens­lan­ders to be as­sured that the fu­ture of this vi­tal com­mu­nity ser­vices is se­cure. This four-year com­mit­ment will en­sure Queens­land Crime Stop­pers can keep its in­de­pen­dent call cen­tre open to field tele­phone tips about sus­pi­cious or crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity from the pub­lic and share vi­tal in­for­ma­tion with the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice. Un­like other states, Queens­land Crime Stop­pers is sup­ported by ded­i­cated lo­cal vol­un­teer com­mit­tees who work to en­sure the com­mu­nity mem­bers have a place to call if they want to share in­for­ma­tion, but re­main anony­mous. Some­times it’s one call, one re­port, or one piece of in­for­ma­tion that is the key to solv­ing a major case and giv­ing peace of mind to the vic­tims of crime.

To re­port in­for­ma­tion on a crime, call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000. — Po­lice Min­is­ter Mark Ryan.

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