LNP to de­liver 535 more cops in tough ap­proach

The Morning Bulletin - - STATE ELECTION -

LNP in­dus­trial re­la­tions spokesman Jar­rod Bleijie was talk­ing tough on crime yes­ter­day as he an­nounced an LNP gov­ern­ment would ramp up po­lice num­bers in CQ.

Speak­ing in Rock­hamp­ton, the for­mer at­tor­ney-gen­eral said the LNP would al­ways put vic­tims ahead of crim­i­nals.

He said se­ri­ous as­saults had risen by 29 per cent in Rock­hamp­ton over two years.

“If an LNP gov­ern­ment is elected on 25 Novem­ber, we will have 535 ad­di­tional po­lice of­fi­cers across Queens­land over three years,” Mr Bleijie (pic­tured) said.

“We will de­cide where those of­fi­cers will be in con­sul­ta­tion with the Queens­land Po­lice Com­mis­sioner and the po­lice union.

“If we win, the first thing we will do is sit down (with these par­ties), say­ing where is the pop­u­la­tion growth and where are these of­fi­cers most crit­i­cally needed?

“And I’m sure the Cen­tral Queens­land re­gion will be well suited to new of­fi­cers par­tic­u­larly with the 29 per cent rise in se­ri­ous as­saults we have seen.”

He said an ad­di­tional $22m would be pro­vided to en­sure po­lice had the re­sources and pow­ers to do their jobs.

This money would buy an ex­tra:

■ 1000 body-worn cam­eras;

■ 1000 iPads; and

■ 1000 new pro­tec­tive jack­ets.

He said the LNP in­tro­duced 1100 more po­lice dur­ing its last term in gov­ern­ment.

Mr Bleijie said an LNP gov­ern­ment had also un­veiled its anti-ter­ror­ism pol­icy, which would see a ded­i­cated min­is­ter for counter ter­ror­ism.

Re­spond­ing to the ALP’s an­nounce­ment an ex­tra 100 beds would be added within the ex­ist­ing bud­get ex­pan­sion at the Capri­cor­nia Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre ex­pan­sion, Mr Bleijie said the LNP’s plan of re-open­ing the Bo­ral­lon prison, in the state’s south­east corner, was the best way to ease the pres­sure. “Who crunched the num­bers ini­tially?”

“If they can all of a sud­den now find 100 beds within the ex­ist­ing an­nounced bud­get, they ob­vi­ously didn’t crunch the num­bers cor­rectly.”

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