News

Proactive policing sees a 2403% increase in drug seizures

RAID: Constables Jess Henry and Cherie Banks inspect a seizure of drugs and cash from a Blackstone property.
RAID: Constables Jess Henry and Cherie Banks inspect a seizure of drugs and cash from a Blackstone property. Rob Williams

THE seizure of almost $1 million in drugs in the Ipswich Police District in 2013/14 highlights the success of a transition from reactive to proactive drug enforcement.

Police in Ipswich seized drugs to the value of $978,413 in 2013/14 compared to $39,083 the previous year, a whopping 2403% increase.

Those seizures were reflected in the 785 extra drug offences detected in the district compared to the previous year.

The annual rise in drug offences from 1354 to 2139, an increase of 58%, is on the surface an alarming statistic.

But Inspector Keith McDonald said it reflected the success of a targeted approach with more resources.

ALSO MAKING HEADLINES TODAY ...

CMC country music festival to rock Ipswich from 2015

Council turns down Maccas after Raceview protest

Crims: You will be caught

Police targeting illegal use of knives

"We have arrested more people for drug offences in the last 12 months than we did in the previous year, because we have had a specific group focussing on it," he said.

"Our tactical crime squad is focussed primarily now on the investigation of drug offences.

"They are executing warrants and turning over the drug offenders a lot more frequently.

"The CIB is also responsible for that, so there is a joint approach."

Insp McDonald used an analogy to explain exactly what is happening, likening criminals to a pack of cards.

There is a link between drug offences and break and enter and property offences, with proceeds from robberies often used to finance drug habits.

"Think of it as a deck of cards. You have 52 cards in the deck. Previously we asked officers in charge (OICs) to focus on the deck," he said.

"Now we are taking away a certain amount of cards for a group to focus on.

"Because we have a particular group focussed on drug offences, their arrest rate is going to be higher than under the previous arrangement.

"When you start to chip away at the property offences and the break and enters into houses, you start to interrupt the chain."

In 2013/14 there were 147 people charged on a combined tally of 338 charges, compared to 68 on 146 charges the previous year.

That represents an increase of 132%.

Despite their success, drugs remain an issue in Ipswich.

"Marijuana is still out there and the powders are still coming through," Insp McDonald said.

"The amphetamine group of drugs is still out there and there is probably more prevalence of those than in previous years.

"Any person on drugs is a problem for the community.

"It is not just the crimes they commit, it is the health issues and associated social issues that go with taking drugs."

Topics:  crime statistics, ipswich police district




Ipswich man's $701,000 mortgage-killing win

Golden Casket

Winning lotto ticket purchased at Ipswich newsagency

Why the AWLQ wouldn’t comment on losing council contract

The Ipswich pound and rehoming centre will be run by RSPCA after September 30.

Animal Welfare League stays quiet on losing Ipswich contract

Is a serial tree poisoner at large in Ipswich?

TIMBER!: Tree loppers begin to remove six ornamental Ficus microcarpa trees at Queens Park in the interest of public safety.

Historic trees come tumbling down in Queens Park

Latest deals and offers

Ipswich people love heritage

'It's a great vote of confidence for a program that was launched in 1992 and has since provided thousands of property owners with heritage conservation'


What's on this week

GRAB A BARGAIN: The Cameron Park Market is held on the first Saturday of every month.

Five things to do in Ipswich

Mick Jagger to pay £2.5m to the woman carrying his baby

Mick Jagger is reportedly paying millions to pregnant ballerina

Navy man Keller ready to marry a perfect stranger

Former Navy engineer Keller is a participant in season three of Married At First Sight.

Tattoos are just the surface of Married At First Sight groom.

Ozzy cheated with 5 women in 5 countries: Sharon

Sharon Osbourne claims her husband Ozzy has cheated on her

The Big Music Quiz gives The Block a run for its money

Darren McMullen hosts the TV series The Big Music Quiz.

NEW challenger in TV ratings race shakes up Sunday night.

Britney Spears calls Carpool Karaoke appearance "awkward"

Britney Spears admits her Carpool Karaoke segment was "awkward"

Mariah Carey's sister Alison arrested for prostitution

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa