Beaudesert needs more police officers, says Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause

LAW AND ORDER: Beaudesert resident Bill Lagoon discusses local crime concerns with Jon Krause outside the temporary police station.

LAW AND ORDER: Beaudesert resident Bill Lagoon discusses local crime concerns with Jon Krause outside the temporary police station.

SCENIC Rim MP Jon Krause has accused the state government of cutting back on police numbers, saying the town needs more officers.

But Mr Krause has been challenged by Police Minister Mark Ryan who says Mr Krause does not even know how many police Queensland has.

Mr Krause said crime was a concern and more police were needed at Beaudesert.

"Under this Labor government, the number of police per person in Queensland has decreased from 245 per 100,000 people to 233 per 100,000 - that's a missing 610 officers that Queensland doesn't have, and that Beaudesert can't draw upon," he said.

Mr Ryan said Mr Krause's figures were inaccurate and federal government figures proved it.

"Jon Krause is dead wrong about police numbers," he said. "The LNP are so hopeless on policing they don't even know how many police personnel our state has.

"In 2018-2019, there were 284 operational staff per 100,000 population in Queensland.

"In 2014-15, the last year of the Newman government of which Mr Krause was a member, there were 281 operational staff per 100,000 population.

"These details are publicly available in the federal government's Report on Government Services. And it's a fact there are even more police today than when the Palaszczuk government was elected.

"In fact, under Labor there are more police in Queensland than ever before. More than 12,000 sworn officers are keeping communities safe, a record number of police for Queensland.

"We can do this with our record $2.6 billion police budget, which is a 20 per cent increase since we came to government.This investment is delivering real results for communities like Beaudesert."

As the state government starts work on a temporary Beaudesert police station, Mr Krause described the development as "almost mission complete".

He said the temporary station, next door to Greener Grocer at Oakland Estate shopping centre, would allow for a new police station.

Mr Krause said he had been fighting for a police station since he was elected in 2012.

"The process started in 2014, a new station was put in the budget in 2017 - over three years ago - and, finally, we are seeing some action. It's taken this Labor government a long time to get this happening - but better late than never, that's for sure."

"A strong police presence is vital to keeping our community safe and prosperous, and I will keep fighting for our fair share of police resources," he said.