Simpson encourages Sunshine Coast community to ‘dob in a dealer’

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Drugs like ICE are having a devastating impact on our communities and more needs to be done to tackle this growing problem.

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson spoke in Parliament yesterday to encourage more people to get actively involved in taking ICE off our streets by Dobbing in a Dealer.

Ms Simpson said that halting the spread of ICE or methylamphetamines requires a whole-of-community response, but not many people know how we can do our bit to drive the scourge of ICE from our streets.

Ms Simpson said that Crime Stoppers is asking all Queenslanders to support the Dob in a Dealer campaign to help stop the manufacture and supply of drugs in our local areas.

“Local residents often have vital information that can help solve and prevent crime,” Ms Simpson said.

“Making a report to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous and can help get drug dealers off our streets and reduce the supply of drugs.

Since the launch of the Dob in a Dealer program in February 2016 until December 2016, Ms Simpson said there were over 5,000 reports to Crime Stoppers, including 219 ICE related reports for the Sunshine Coast region alone.

“These anonymous reports from the public have led to over a thousand arrests, several million dollars’ worth of illegal drugs have been seized and thousands of dollars of  proceeds of crime have been confiscated as well as many charges not related to drug activity such as weapons and theft offences.

“In 2017 (year to date) Crime Stoppers Queensland report that drug offences have made up 57.8% of reported offences, but more needs to encourage residents to report information that can help tackle the growing drug problem and keep our communities safe.

“The total number of drug offences in the Sunshine Coast district increased by just over 20% from 2013-14 to 2016-17 (3823 in 2013-14 compared to 4600 in 2016-17).

“The LNP has released a five point plan to take ICE off our streets which includes $1 million in funding to encourage the community to Dob in a Dealer to Crime Stoppers.

“Compared to this soft-on-crime Palaszczuk, the LNP has a solid track record of tackling drug use in Queensland.

“When in Government we implemented strong criminal reforms to tackle criminal gangs and introduced stronger penalties for drug tracking offences.

“If elected, a tough-on-crime LNP Government will keep bikie clubhouses closed and provide the resources our police need to keep our streets safe.

“We will work with the Federal Government to ensure better co-operation between state and commonwealth law enforcement agencies to tackle ICE supply and distribution and we will deliver additional drug treatment services and better community awareness programs.

Note:  If you have information about someone in your community who is manufacturing or supplying drugs, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report securely online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au or via the mobile app.

LINK TO VIDEO CLIP: http://tv.parliament.qld.gov.au/?reference=0Mba20171012_184255

 
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