Tough talk fails to reduce crime rates in Northern Tasmania

Tasmanian Labor

rates in Northern Tasmania on the rise

Minister Michael Ferguson again slow to act

· Will Northern Tasmania get fair share of new officers?

Despite their tough talk on law and order,
the Hodgman Liberal Government has failed to reduce crime in Northern Tasmania.

Shadow Police Minister Shane Broad said the latest crime figures for Launceston and the Northern police district rose in March this year compared to the previous year.

“It has taken a succession of alarming
crime statistics for the Police Minister Michael Ferguson to finally act and
announce the recruitment of more police officers,” Dr Broad said.

“Although there is a review of police
numbers currently underway, the Police Association has said by the time it is
completed it may be too late with high levels of fatigue among officers.

“If the Minister was committed to
reducing the spate of serious crimes around Tasmania he would have acted months
ago, but as usual he has waited until the situation reaches dire levels.

“We need assurances that these additional police officers will be recruited as soon as possible and that Northern Tasmania will get its fair share.”

Shane Broad MP

Shadow Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services

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