Locals demand courts back police in fight against crime
On Tuesday, 1 May 2012, Dickson residents voiced their concerns about crime and light sentences and showed strong support for local police. The Dickson Crime Forum was hosted by the Hon Peter Dutton MP, Federal Member for Dickson together with Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection Michael Keenan.
Senior local police in attendance were led by Acting Superintendent Lee Jeffries, who joined Mr Dutton and Mr Keenan on a panel to answer community questions. Many residents commented on their respect for the difficult job of police and concerns about police being assaulted. Sadly, less than half an hour after the forum at the Strathpine Community Centre, two Pine Rivers detectives were injured down the road at Lawnton, when hit by a stolen car during an attempted arrest. The event served as a reminder of the risks to police and the ability of crime initiated in other areas to effect local suburbs. The vehicle was believed to be stolen from the Gold Coast Hinterland. The suspicious death of a woman at Strathpine yesterday highlighted the ability of crime to suddenly impact on the community.