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Queensland police chief Ian Stewart says more arrests, more jail time not the best way to treat crims

ARRESTING more criminals will not make Australia great, the state’s police commissioner says, calling for radical efforts to get the lives of young and minor offenders back on track.

After being reappointed to lead the Queensland Police Service for three more years yesterday, Ian Stewart also said he wanted to look after the “mental, physical and spiritual” wellbeing of the 15,000-strong force.

And the 63-year-old flagged he could seek to serve in the top role for even longer, citing examples of public figures who have worked into their 70s, while confirming for the first time he was forced to reapply for his job.

Asked to outline the main challenges ahead, Mr Stewart cited next year’s Commonwealth Games, counter-terrorism and security, improved technology and stopping crime.

“While we’re happy to play our part and do our job, arresting more people and putting more people in jail is not the answer to making Australia a great nation,” he told The Courier-Mail.

“Part of it is making sure people know there are consequences when they do wrong and that the police will respond.

“But certainly I think as a community we’ve got to look at smarter ways of dealing with people who make minor errors and ones that can be perhaps diverted from the criminal justice system rather than being subsumed by it.”

Police would seek to expand crime-prevention programs aimed at keeping young people out of the criminal justice system.

“Serious recidivist offenders can expect nothing but the strongest reaction from us,” he said.

“But for those people who commit minor crime, who get involved with minor amounts of drugs, there are programs already in place, like the drug courts and diversion programs through courts, where we can start to move people out of the system.”

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