Illegal drugs arrests break Queensland record

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Queensland has smashed crime records once again with 2,622 arrests made state wide.

Crime Stoppers Queensland has released its yearly figures as part of the Annual Results Celebration Day and incredibly, arrests were up 7.5 per cent.

Crime Stoppers Queensland Executive Officer, Trevor O’Hara, is extremely pleased with the results, especially since this was the third consecutive year the program has broken historical records for the number of arrests made.

“Reports made to Crime Stoppers Queensland in 2015 led to 2,622 arrests and 9,452 charges being placed, which is a significant increase,” Mr O’Hara explains.

“Illegal drug related activity was the most reported crime in 2015, resulting in 36 drug trafficking and 9,105 drug supply and possession of dangerous drug charges,” Mr O’Hara says.

Over 52,000 calls and 10,000 online reports helped in making a number of arrests and charges including illegal drug activity, rape, breaches of bail, prostitution, child pornography and possession of weapons.

“These are the best statistics we’ve seen since our program commenced in 1989. The figures are a result from community information reports and last year, 63,934 people contacted our community program which is a 17% rise from 2014,” says Mr O’Hara.

“Arrests and charges for two rape offences, five child pornography offences, 12 prostitution offences, 31 breaches of bail offences and 261 weapons act offences were also made following information provided to Crime Stoppers Queensland.”

In the end, it’s the overwhelming support of volunteers and the wider community involvement that has to be thanked.

Mr O’Hara has watched Crime Stoppers Queensland over the years set the benchmark for Crime Stoppers programs globally and reminds Queenslanders that they can really make a difference to keep our state safe.

“Crime Stoppers Day is an opportunity to remind all Queenslanders of the role they can play in continuing to protect our lifestyle,” he says.

“We would like thank our network of more than 600 volunteers who have worked tirelessly to educate the community about Crime Stoppers Queensland. The strong support from all officers within the Queensland Police Service is also greatly appreciated.”

It is hoped 2016 will maintain the record breaking arrests and continue to keep locals safe in their homes.

Keep up the good work Crime Stoppers!

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