The Tasmania Police Service is the best in the country.
We called out the Greens for the disrespectful slur against Tasmanian Police officers made last week in a debate concerning the Tarkine.
The slur was completely false. We have asked the Leader of the Greens to apologise to Tasmania Police when Parliament resumes.
Jen Butler MP
Shadow Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management
26 September 2019
Hodgman and Shelton failing to keep community safe
• Recent crime statistics show alarming trend
• Launceston is Tasmania’s crime capital
• Liberals not listening to calls from community for more police
The Minority Liberal Government has once again failed to do its most important job – to keep Tasmanians safe.
Tasmania Police’s recent Corporate Performance Report and the Crime Statistics Supplement 2018-19 paint a dangerous picture.
Shadow Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management Jen Butler said the Liberals bluff on crime agenda had again been exposed.
“In Question Time today, Mark Shelton said with a straight face that there has never been a safer time to live in Tasmania,” Ms Butler said.
“At the same time, three dangerous criminals have been on the loose in the past three weeks, and crime rates continue to get worse.
“Tasmania’s police force is the best in the country but without investment from the Government, there’s simply too much to do.
“According to the Government’s own reports, rates of robbery have increased 23 per cent in the last year. Knives were used in almost half these violent attacks, while guns were used in a third of armed robberies.
“Recently released figures show that in 2018-19 there was 65% more crime in Launceston than in Hobart, twice as much crime in Launceston as in Devonport, and two and half times more crime in Launceston than in Burnie.
“The figures for the first month of this financial year show nothing has changed, and Launceston continues as Tasmania’s crime capital.
“Despite promises from Mark Shelton, we know the majority of new police will not hit the streets of Launceston until 2022.
“Tasmanians are telling me that they’re not feeling safe in their communities. Tasmanians deserve better.”
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• Ferguson breaks central election policy on New Norfolk police
• Community concerns and need for 24/7 police ruled out by Hodgman Government
• Broken promise was crucial to Valley voters
Deeply deceptive Police Minister Michael Ferguson has broken a key election promise to the people of the Derwent Valley to provide around-the-clock policing.
Member for Lyons Jen Butler said the Hodgman Liberal Government had reneged on its election promise to staff the new $5 million police station it claims it will build with 27/4 police officers.
In Budget Estimates hearings in Parliament last week, Mr Ferguson confirmed he now believed around-the-clock police would be:
“…..wasteful of police time keeping it open, for example in the midnight hours when nobody wants to visit there… and that it won't be a 24-hour police station because that would be a waste of resources.”
“This is a shameful broken promise by Michael Ferguson, a promise which the people of New Norfolk and surrounds will now see for what it was – a deceptive ploy to win votes,” Ms Butler said.
“I am just as disappointed and angry as I am sure all members of the community will be as they are concerned about crime rates. They are right to feel deceived.
“I petitioned the people of the Derwent Valley in relation to permanent policing prior to the last election and the response from the community was overwhelming support for permanent policing.
“People are worried about their safety.
“The lag time for officers to attend emergencies from Bridgewater is often leaving the Valley without a police presence.”
Ms Butler said Labor has a policy to re-introduce permanent policing to the Valley.
She said she would launch a new petition and ask New Norfolk once again to demand permanent policing.
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