LNP to deliver 535 more cops in tough approach
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.”