Police funding cut as assaults double in Townsville

The State Government’s decision to cut funding from Safe Night Precincts in Townsville has been made all the more shocking, as new data reveals an unprecedented rise in assaults.

QPS statistics for Townsville from the 2021/22 financial year to date compared with the last financial year show a 107% rise in the number of assaults.

Speaking in Townsville this morning, Opposition Leader David Crisafulli said he had no doubt the Police Minister and Treasurer were aware of the scourge in violence before agreeing to cut funding.

“Cutting funding at a time when there is greater risk of alcohol-fuelled violence simply makes no sense,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“But what makes it worse is knowing the Police Minister’s own statistics show assaults have more than doubled in just 12 months.

“Safe Night Precincts are designed to keep locals safe, and that includes a highly visible police presence.

“This is what happens when a government is focussed on their integrity issues instead of delivering services to the community.”

Shadow Police Minister and Burdekin MP Dale Last said the Brisbane-centric State Government doesn’t understand Townsville.

“The Police Minister has cut a crucial service, because his Treasurer can’t balance his books,” Mr Last said.

“Taking officers off the Safe Night Precinct when assaults have soared 107% in a year is ludicrous.

“I fear that this dreadful decision will have serious consequences.”



Jul 2020 to May 20215994973341311561
Jul 2021 to May 2022124212638292543588
Increase/DecreaseUP 107%UP 154%UP 148%UP 94%UP 130%

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