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Call for more police in Launceston

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More cops on the street are what's needed to help combat rising crime rates, according to the Police Association of Tasmania.

New data released by the association shows the Launceston division has the highest rate of crime of any police division across the state.

Association president Colin Riley says Launceston has consistently over the last nine years had the highest rate - including robbery, serious crimes, and burglary.

“The Tasmania Police annual report for 2020-21 shows a continuation of this crime pattern," he said.

“This long-term phenomenon reflects the systemic and chronic under-resourcing of police in Launceston.”

Mr Riley said the figures reflect the hard and diligent work of police officers in Launceston despite "arduous" conditions caused by under-resourcing.

“The members in Launceston are regarded as the most resilient and hardworking cohort of Association members Statewide," he said.

Mr Riley says remediation of the issue lies with the department or Tasmania Police, not within the resourcing of the Northern District.

“If the current staffing levels in Launceston continue, the crime issue is bound to continue unhampered," he said.