by Jim O’Toole, Townsville bureau
Police in Cairns will soon deploy high-tech military grade drones that can look through windows and photograph backyards in what the state government claims is an effort to tackle spiraling youth crime across the region.
The drones will be equipped with enhanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and artificial intelligence technologies for tracking stolen vehicles and thermal imaging cameras to find people.
These $400,000 state-of-the-art drones are similar to those used by allied forces in combat zones. They can carry armaments capable of shooting specified targets and to deploy explosives.
This is another typical political party duopoly reaction to black youth holding Far North Queensland to ransom instead of going to the heart of the generational problem.
Police, youth workers and most people with half a brain know that these mainly juvenile black youth do not attend school or do they regularly stay at their residences from where they have to contend with massive overcrowding, witness drunkenness, drug abuse and a total lack of normal home life.
Leader of Katters Australian Party, Mt Isa MLA Robbie Katter has seen a similar problem in his town for many years where predominantly black youth rule the streets and participate in runaway car theft and break and enters.
Getting these offending kids out of town and away from their peers is a priority, sending them to remote facilities based on the successful Petford Farm model where kids learn life skills and respect for others.
The Katters Australian Party Relocation Sentencing policy has been on the table for several years but the Labor Party claims it is too hard on young kids aged between 10 and 18 whom they believe should be left alone to create havoc by stealing hundreds of cars a month, robbing pensioners and other vulnerable people.
Police have said their hands are tied. Last week a helicopter was used to track stolen vehicles being driven dangerously through Cairns suburbs.
With the aid of the dog squad 28 offenders were eventually caught over a four day period, charged with 222 offences and taken to court only to reappear on the streets next day thanks to Labor’s watered down juvenile bail laws.
Police recovered 18 stolen cars during the crime spree.
It will take months before they reappear in court to be sentenced and by then, as experience shows, these same kids on bail will have stolen another fleet of cars and robbed more homes and shops.
None will be sent to remote facilities.
This vicious cycle is attracting more recruits by the week because they know they can commit serious crimes with impunity.
When questioned about the runaway crime across the state, socialist Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today, “We have the toughest juvenile justice system in the country.”
A statement even the socialist media now disbelieves.