Top cop's plan for Warwick's drug driving problem
QUEENSLAND'S newest police commissioner promised to make the fight against drug driving and ice use a priority as she visited the Darling Downs and Southern Downs regions for the first time yesterday.
On her first tour to Warwick and Stanthorpe since she was sworn in five weeks ago, Commissioner Katarina Carroll promised to listen to the issues on-the-ground police were facing in the region.
"I made a commitment to the frontline and I want to know what staff see as issues,” she said.
"Until you hear the issues, you're unaware.”
Ms Carroll, fresh from a discussion with Warwick Police, said the officers' request for more resources to combat those driving under the influence of drugs were valid, and in line with an increase in ice use all over Australia.
"There is a increase of drug drivers in Warwick which matches the prevalence of ice use across the nation,” she said
The problem of ice addiction was one Ms Carroll warned was seriously affecting the entire communities, not just police.
"It's not just a problem to those policing but to the ambulance and paramedics who find themselves in those difficult situations,” she said.
"It's a holistic and social problem and what we see are only the end results.”
Ms Carroll said in the future her aim as commissioner would be to work together with other organisations to focus attention to helping those likely to lose their way.
"We're trying to work more holistically with other departments to prevent crime into the the future,” she said.
"Once you know who the offenders are, you can put in place preventative action.
"In the case of child offenders, for example, they are usually victims long before they offend.”
Other concerns raised included more staff and vehicles.