- The LNP commits $8.6 million to establish a 20-strong specialist Cairns-based police Rapid Action Patrol squad
- The Rapid Action Patrol squad will be highly visible, dynamic and focused on preventing and detecting crime in the Cairns community
- The LNP makes no apologies for being tough on crime and giving police the resources and support they need to do their jobs
A Tim Nicholls-led Liberal National Party government will spend $8.6 million to establish a 20-strong specialist police Rapid Action Patrol squad in Cairns to help tackle the crime epidemic gripping the city.
LNP Leader Tim Nicholls said the strategy was one aspect of the LNP’s comprehensive $25.9 million North Queensland Crime Action Plan designed to provide safe and liveable communities.
He said the Rapid Action Patrol squad would be highly visible, dynamic and focused on preventing and detecting crime in the Cairns community.
“The Cairns community should not be held to ransom by young criminals who are under the impression that they rule the streets,” Mr Nicholls said.
“Our message is simple – our laws will be tough, effective and designed to ensure the scales of justice are balanced in favour of the community, not young criminals.
“Cairns is now paying the price for Annastacia Palaszczuk’s soft-on-crime attitude with a city-wide crime epidemic where young criminals are getting away with blue murder.”
Mr Nicholls said the LNP made no apologies for being tough on crime and giving police the resources they needed to do their jobs.
“We have seen assault, robbery, unlawful entry and car theft offences in Cairns increase by up to 35.3 per cent over the past two years,” he said.
“This is simply unacceptable – people no longer feel safe in their own homes or walking down the street.
“We will provide 20 extra police, additional equipment, resources and ongoing support to ensure the Rapid Action Patrol squad has what it needs to do its job effectively.”
LNP Shadow Police Minister Tim Mander said that Cairns, like Townsville, had witnessed a serious crime problem under Labor.
“The LNP has listened to our police and the community who are crying out for a Rapid Action Patrol squad, similar to what is in operation in Townsville,” Mr Mander said.
“Make no mistake, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor’s soft-on-crime attitude and policies surrounding youth crime and justice have failed Far North Queensland.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk has created this problem and has absolutely no plan to fix it.
“We need to back our police, with better resources and tougher laws and the LNP makes no apologies for being tough on crime.
“The Cairns community is sick to death of young offenders running riot on their streets with impunity.
“Labor’s softly, softly approach is failing Far North Queenslanders and only the LNP can be trusted to make our streets safe again.”