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City's police given tick of approval in survey

TOP JOB: Senior Constable Rob Whyte and Senior Constable Stephen Litfin (right) with Kaylah Marshall (left) and Samantha Guyatt of Chemist Warehouse.
TOP JOB: Senior Constable Rob Whyte and Senior Constable Stephen Litfin (right) with Kaylah Marshall (left) and Samantha Guyatt of Chemist Warehouse. David Nielsen

IPSWICH police have been given a big tick by the community.

The Social Research Centre conducted a state survey on community satisfaction with policing and the Ipswich Police District came up trumps in several key areas.

With regard to the general satisfaction of the public with Ipswich police, 82.3% of people said they were satisfied or very satisfied compared to the state average of 76.3%.

On the question of perceptions in professionalism of Ipswich police, 91% agreed or strongly agreed, compared to the state rate of 87.7%.

Satisfaction with contact with police was also higher than the state average of 81.5%, with 82.2% saying they were either satisfied or very satisfied.

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A comment on the QT Facebook page by Kate Broom summed up how the community felt about local police.

"I stopped at a minor accident in the rain on Saturday," she said.

"The young driver slid on the wet road into the back of a turning car.

"He was quite shaken and obviously scared.

"The two officers that attended were fantastic.

"They made sure all parties involved were OK, and made a point to reassure the young driver that he wasn't in trouble.

Well done to the officers who attended."

Inspector Keith McDonald said policing strategies and extra resources had contributed to the results.

He praised "the overall effort of all the police and the reactive and proactive strategies that we have to reduce overall crime across the community".

"There has been the establishment of our tactical operations group, the Ipswich district property team, the Foxtrot team at Ipswich station and our liquor patrols," he said.

"People are seeing more police on the street and when they are out driving. That has an enormous impact on people when they see police doing the job the community expects."

The Riverlink Police Beat and the railway-based squad at Ipswich train station have resulted in more police in the CBD, leading to a reduction in robberies, unlawful entry and property damage.

The 30 extra police officer positions in the Ipswich Police District has been a major boost, as has the professionalism of officers.

"A lot of officers are carrying their own GoPro cameras and recording a lot of their interaction with the public, simply because we know that when they go to court a picture is worth a thousands words," Insp McDonald said.

"Police are taking greater pride in the fact that there are more of us there in key times when we need to be, and that is reducing pressure on officers.

"It is not so much the thin blue line anymore. It is the blue line."

Robin Menken, the assistant manager of Chemist Warehouse in the mall, shed light on the reason behind the survey figures.

"The police from Riverlink are fantastic. As soon as you ring them they always come and look after us," she said.

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