Qld govt accused of sugar-coating crime stats

4BC Mornings: Queensland Police are boasting the state’s reported crime rate has dropped by 11 per cent.

However, the state government is being accused of ‘cherry picking’ through the new data, as the overall crime rate has only dropped by two per cent.

Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey spoke to 4BC’s Patrick Condren, defended the way the government has been talking about the latest crime statistics.

Mr Dempsey says they've been pushing the reported offences figure because they think it's more indicative of what they believe is happening in Queensland.

“If you apply that philosophy – the more good work the police are doing, the more druggies that we’re getting, the more folks that we’re protecting… and the more guns that we’re finding - that would mean that that figure would continue to go up, when in fact the community is actually safer.”

But Criminologist Terry Goldsworthy says spruiking that figure is misleading.

“If you’re going to use the figure of an eleven per cent decrease then you must clearly tell people that that is not the total crime rate in Queensland, that is a specific sub-category… I really don’t know where they’re differentiating here.”


LISTEN: Queensland Police Minister, Jack Dempsey.

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LISTEN: Terry Goldsworthy, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Bond University.

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