Ipswich Mall a safer place thanks to new strategy: Council
AN INITIATIVE which allows Ipswich Police to use iPads to view live footage from Ipswich City Council's Safe City camera network has been netting results.
The Ipswich Central Public Safety Strategy was put in place following a spate of offences and antisocial behaviour in the Ipswich Mall including the attack on Ipswich trader Bob Slater who chairs the CBD Traders Advisory Committee.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said a clear message had been sent to potential troublemakers.
"Do not come into our mall or CBD and cause problems or there will be consequences," Cr Pisasale said.
Ipswich City Council Health and Community Safety Committee Chairman Andrew Antoniolli said council joined forces with the police last month to implement the strategy in a high profile way.
"Police have taken a zero tolerance approach to any offenders in the area," he said.
Cr Antoniolli said a significant positive behavioural change was now evident in the Ipswich Mall and traders had praised the efforts of council and the police.
"Together we have undertaken 66 hours of joint patrols in this area between December 16 and January 12 resulting in 165 persons being spoken to in respect to behaviour and offences including breaches of local laws.
"In addition police have utilised officers from the mounted police and public safety response team in patrols around the CBD and Ipswich Mall which have resulted in significant arrests for drug offences and public nuisance offences.
"There have also been 128 hours of security patrols conducted since December 16 last year with security officers speaking to 123 people addressing both anti-social behaviour and local law breaches."
Ipswich District Acting Superintendent Michelle Stenner said the police of Ipswich were committed to making the Ipswich CBD and Mall a safe place.
"We have achieved some good results through increased high visibility patrols and assistance from specialist units," Acting Superintendent Stenner said.