Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers.
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers. Lee Constable

Union impressed with LNP pledge

QUEENSLAND Police Union president Ian Leavers said Ipswich was more likely to gain the 20 extra officers a year that it needed under an LNP than a Labor Government.

While refusing to endorse either of the major parties before this weekend's state election, Mr Leavers said he had been keeping his members informed of Labor and LNP law and order policy.

He admitted he had been bitterly disappointed with Labor's performance - particularly what he described as Rachel Nolan's "silence" on law and order issues in her electorate - and that the LNP had made promises which could lead to a stronger police service across Queensland.

Among their election promises, the LNP has pledged 1300 new police officers statewide over four years, as well as police helicopters for both the Gold Coast and greater south-east Queensland region.

They also have plans to introduce boot camps for juvenile offenders, and laws to protect police from civil law suits as long as they have acted within guidelines.

"Compared to what Anna Bligh has offered - which is 330 job cuts and the cancellation of the new police academy - I think it is very positive," Mr Leavers said.

"The LNP haven't said they will commit to the new academy, but at least under the LNP we've got 1300 new police.

"I don't support Labor or the LNP - I support whoever does the best deal for police."


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