In October 2013,
Police Minister Jack Dempsey announced
Queensland’s Crime Stoppers would be
allocated $5 million in reward funding for
information about criminal gangs or bikies.
But so far only $1,150 has been paid
Dr Terry Goldsworthy, Bond University
Criminologist said the information being provided has
not necessarily helped the crackdown on bikies.
“[Crime Stoppers] have received about
1200 pieces of information,” he said.
“124 offenders have been arrested in r
elation to drug and property and weapon matters, but
interestingly though, only 22 people can actually be
able to have shown to have any links to any criminal
“That’s not necessarily saying they’re
a bikie member, it just saying they have an association
or links to a criminal organisation - it’d interesting
to see how many of those 22 were actually bikies.”
Between 2000 and 2010 Queensland
police – a separate organisation from Crime Stoppers –
paid out $900,000 in rewards between 2000 to 2010.
Figures weren’t available for Crime
Stoppers and Dr Goldsworthy said they’d be quite
different to QPS figures.
He said the reward campaign has not
had the outcome the Government anticipated..
“This reward system has been highly
advertised, and to only have one sucessful pay out,
indicates to me that I don’t think it’s a success.”