The Gold Coasts new top cops are committed to tackling the city’s major crime issues, including domestic violence and young offenders.
A brand new Assistant Commissioner for the South East Region, as well as a new Chief Superintendent for the Gold Coast District will take up their duties this week.
Brian Swan now holds the city’s top job, overseeing the Gold Coast and Logan, where he says youth crime is definitely a priority.
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“We have a problem here, not just with youth crime, but with young offenders,” said Assistant Commissioner Swan.
“It’s obviously a priority, not just for us here in the South East, but across Queensland.”
Assistant Commissioner Swan spent around 30 years in policing as a detective on the Gold Coast and Logan, so he says he has a “genuine passion for this area”.
Working with young people to prevent them from reoffending is something he wants to work on more.
“One of the things you have to remember is that we will always have this group of young offenders that no matter what, we have to prosecute and stop them from harming the community, no doubt at all,”
“But there is a large group of offenders thanks to the very good work of our police, our partner agencies that we have prevented from re-offending. So I want to see that work continue, continue to work with our partners, with the community to stop this larger group of people from migrating into this tough group of people that we need to stop.
Domestic abuse is also a ‘critical’ issue here on the Gold Coast, with the new deputy commissioner saying the biggest challenge is ensuring ‘no one falls through the cracks’.
“It’s a real challenge for us, a real challenge”
“When you look at the number of calls for service we receive for domestic and family violence, overall our officers are dealing with some pretty complex issues.”
New Gold Coast District Chief Superintendent Craig Hanlon, who came from Townsville and was last on the Gold Coast two years ago, agrees domestic abuse is a huge concern.
“The data clearly shows that one in four women will or have experienced domestic and family violence,” Chief Superintendent Hanlon said.
“And it is worrying that the most vulnerable people in our community are not safe in their homes. So we’re going to work closely with that.
Top incoming cops believe there are enough police departments on the Gold Coast to cover the city’s growing population.