Selasa, 05 Agustus 2014

We*re helping kids sleep easy: Qld govt (AAP)

Queensland s Police Minister (left) has said recent figures show an 11 per cent drop in crime.AAP Queensland's Police Minister (left) has said recent figures show an 11 per cent drop in crime.

Children can sleep easy in their beds thanks to the Queensland government, Police Minister Jack Dempsey says.

Mr Dempsey has released the latest crime statistics, showing the rate of reported offences is down by 11 per cent across Queensland.

He's expected to provide more detail about the data at a press conference with the premier later on Wednesday.

The fall in crime was widely reported last month, after Police Commissioner Ian Stewart released preliminary data just days before a by-election in a government-held seat.

Civil libertarians questioned why the police commissioner released unverified data so close to the Stafford poll, which the Liberal National Party ultimately lost to Labor with a massive swing against it.

Mr Dempsey says Queenslanders can thank the work of the government for being the safest they've been in 50 years.

He said the government had put more than 800 extra police on the beat, and had given officers the right technology and laws to tackle crime.

"We've seen outstanding figures in crime rates being driven down right across the whole of the state," he said.

"Mums, dads and children certainly can sleep easy in their beds knowing police now have the legislation, the technology and the equipment to keep their streets even safer than before."

Terry O'Gorman, who is the vice-president of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, last month said he was alarmed by the apparent willingness of senior police to be politically used by the Newman government.

Mr O'Gorman called on the police commissioner to stop publicly backing the government's law and order agenda.

And he said Mr Stewart should explain why he released unverified crime data so close to the Stafford poll.

Mr Stewart went on radio last month after briefing cabinet on crime figures for the 2013-14 financial year, despite the fact they weren't to be finalised by qualified statisticians for another two to six weeks.

He said he'd told cabinet police were on target to achieve a drop in crime of more than 10 per cent, and members of the government including the premier began publicly citing that figure.

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