Mayor Tom Tate has called for a review into penalties handed down to juvenile offenders on the Gold Coast, saying we need to get tougher.
It comes after revelations that police officers are fed up arresting youth, knowing that once they go to court they aren’t punished properly for the crime.
Police Union South Eastern official Sergeant Andy Williams hit out at continual offers of youth bail in the Queensland Police Union journal last month, calling it an ongoing cycle of offending.
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“If there are no consequences for these kids, how can we expect the offending to stop?
“I can see a point in the not-too-distant future where police will simply bypass the system and avoid taking juvenile offenders into custody,” the journal reads.
But, Mayor Tom Tate says he’s got an idea that could really ‘stir’ things up.
“From my history, I only learn when I’ve been taught that I’ve done something wrong. And to slap someone on the wrist and go ‘you’re alright’… they’ll re-offend.
“They’ve got to review the penalty, to make sure they let the youth perpetrators know that crime is not what the community wants.
“You know what, we want some youthful respect to the community and all that sort of stuff…
“With the great value of our defence force, I’d say let’s look at the idea of bringing back the draft… that’ll stir them up,” Mayor Tate said.