Police get tough with new CBD strategy

A NEW public safety strategy for Ipswich Central, including the mall, will be rolled out from today.

It follows the unprovoked attack on a mall retailer Bob Slater last week.

Shoppers and visitors can expect an increased police and security presence in the city centre with police ordered to take a zero tolerance approach and a get tough attitude on offenders.

Health and Community Safety Chairperson and local councillor Andrew Antoniolli met yesterday with senior council officers and Ipswich District Officer Superintendent Mark Kelly to finalise a new law and order strategy for the Ipswich Mall precinct.

Part of the new strategy will the use of technology such as iPads by police on the beat to provide immediate and direct access to live vision from council's extensive Safe City camera network.

"The provision of live streaming from the Safe City Control Room to iPads is a significant boost in resources and allows for swift action to be taken," Cr Antoniolli said.

Superintendent Mark Kelly said police were appalled at the unprovoked attack on chemist owner Bob Slater last Thursday.

"Fortunately we had the eyes of Safe City to help track the offender into the arms of waiting officers which resulted in an arrest not long after the incident."

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he would hold a further meeting with police and Riverlink management early in the New Year to develop and promote a joint policing and security program for both the mall and Riverlink precincts.

"Bob Slater has contributed 30 years to Ipswich and I am sick and tired of grubs who think they can over-run our mall and do as they please," he said.

"They can't, and we will combine forces to send a strong message they are not welcome in the city".