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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    $37.4 million boost to fight serious organised crime in Queensland

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Monday, April 04, 2016

    $37.4 million boost to fight serious organised crime in Queensland

    The Palaszczuk Government will provide an additional $37.4 million over four years to boost the response to serious organised crime in Queensland.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the package was in addition to the Budget boost for the Queensland Police Service last year and the $3.2 million allocated late last year to improve frontline investigations into child exploitation.

    The additional funding will be part of the next State Budget to be delivered on 14 June.

    The funding package announced today includes:

    • $20 million over four years for the Queensland Police Service to specifically target serious organised crime;
    • $12.1 million over four years to provide additional resources for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The funding will provide an additional 26 full-time equivalent staff; and
    • $5.3 million over three years to establish an independent crime statistics body to collect data and monitor organised crime, as well as impacts and trends across all crime types.

    “My Government is determined to ensure our police and prosecutors have the resources to target serious organised crime in Queensland,” she said.

    “In our first Budget, we provided for an extra 266 police officers across Queensland.”

    The extra funding for police is in additional to another $20 million allocation over four years in last year’s Budget to target crime hotspots, such as organised crime, alcohol fuelled violence and drugs, particularly the prevalence of ICE.

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