Labor’s 2018 State Budget has neglected the Queensland Police Service and put the safety of Queenslanders at risk.
LNP Shadow Minister for Police Trevor Watts said Labor had cut $44.6 million from the Queensland Police Service budget for 2018-19.
“We know Labor is soft on crime and their ruthless cuts to policing proves it,” Mr Watts said.
“Labor’s cuts to frontline services and public safety shows they have no clue when it comes to keeping our communities safe.
“While crimes rates increase across the state – robberies are up by 26%, assaults are up 11%, home invasions are up 12% and car thefts are up 19% – Labor have carelessly slashed $44.6 million out of the Queensland Police Service.
“It’s clear the Minster isn’t committed to protecting the Queensland Police Service.
“It’s unconscionable to send our police officers to the frontline without the resources they need to protect themselves and the community.
“Labor’s careless police budget cuts prove the Minister will not stand up for our frontline police.”
Labor’s Budget cut $8.3 million from road safety and $36.3 million from crime and public order.
“Labor say they’re committed to frontline services, but they are putting Queenslanders at risk by slashing funding and weakening laws,” Mr Watts said.
“At the 2017 election, Labor committed to providing 535 additional police officers, but all we’ve seen so far is Labor fudging the figures on the real number of frontline officers.
“Every Queenslander has the right to feel safe in their home, their community and on the roads.
“The Budget shows Labor is soft on crime and can’t be trusted to keep Queenslanders safe.
“Labor needs to honour their commitments and ensure our police have their resources they need to do their job and protect our community.”