Gympie Police Acting Superintendent Ron Van Saane said the latest crime statistics looked good for Gympie officers.
Gympie Police Acting Superintendent Ron Van Saane said the latest crime statistics looked good for Gympie officers. Craig Warhurst

Gympie police doing top job

GYMPIE’S top cop, Acting Superintendent Ron Van Saane, said the clear message from the latest crime statistics was that Gympie Police “were doing an outstanding job”.

Comparing the 2009/2010 figures to the previous year, Supt Van Saane said it appeared Gympie Police had managed to keep crime rates down across the board and had even reduced some types of offences.

He said another interesting statistic was that Gympie Police were solving more crimes than the most Queensland Police Stations. “We have the third best clear-up rate in the state at 91 per cent, which is way above the state average of 78 per cent,” Supt Van Saane said.

Offences against the person increased from 408 to 426, which Supt Van Saane said could be attributed to the increase in population. “Having said that, we are not going to accept increases either... We are doing everything we can to reduce offences against property and the person.

“Remember with all these offences, they are for the Gympie Police District, which covers a large area to Murgon and Cherbourg. You can pretty well say it’s the busiest and largest division.”

Liquor and trespass offences have gone through the roof since the introduction of the Alcohol Management Plan at Cherbourg in 2009.

“Sometimes all of a sudden there’ll be a big spike (in a crime rate) but that could mean one person is caught for a number of offences.

“With sex offences you have to consider that they will increase some years because of an historical incident — charges that are brought about because of something that happened in the past.

“Gympie Police are doing an outstanding job.”

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