New York Police Commissioner William Bratton has given an insight into one of the world’s largest and most effective police services, during a meeting with Premier Campbell Newman.
Mr Newman said New York’s modern policing systems have lowered the city’s crimes significantly, and that Queensland could learn from this expertise.
“We promised Queenslanders at the election that we would revitalise frontline services and we are delivering on that commitment,” Mr Newman said.
“There are almost 700 more police on the streets across Queensland now than when we were elected and we are always looking to improve the way the service operates.
“New York has a lot that we can learn from as the police work more efficiently and embrace technology to combat crime in difficult circumstances, with fantastic results.
“Queensland is dealing with many similar problems that New York has had, including our push to rid the state of criminal gangs.
“New York’s success in reducing overall crime shows the benefits that can come through tackling gangs and winning this fight.”
Mr Newman said the benefits of reducing crime were not just in safer streets, but also growth in tourism and investment.
“The result is a significant boost to the economy and ultimately more jobs, the key themes of this trade mission,” he said.
“New York police reforms have reduced crime, increased public safety awareness, and cleaned up many of New York’s previously unsafe neighbourhoods.
“Community safety is vital for Queensland, and it is important we do everything we can to ensure we have a modern and effective police service.”
The Premier is currently leading a group of Queensland companies on a trade mission to promote the State’s industries in Los Angeles, New York and Houston.