Crime Stoppers in Queensland is yet to pay a cash reward for information on bikies nine months after receiving $5 million from the state government.
No cash rewards have been offered in Queensland for information leading to the arrest of suspected bikies despite a funding boost to Crime Stoppers nine months ago.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey, in October 2013, announced a $5 million grant to Crime Stoppers for the next 12 months to fund additional reward payments for information on criminal gangs.
Mr Dempsey said cash payments of up to $20,000 could be made for information leading to the arrests of criminals involved with firearms, dangerous drugs, extortion and robbery.
This included cash rewards of up to $1,000 which led to a successful raid on drug labs, which found guns, ammunition or other weapons.
Cash rewards of up to $500,000 were also offered if a successful prosecution shut down a criminal gang.
But Crime Stoppers Queensland says it hasn’t paid anyone since that October announcement.
“No claims for enhanced cash rewards have been received for payment at this time,” a website update said this week.
Meanwhile, civil libertarians are questioning new figures showing sharp drops in crime on the Gold Coast.
Retired army officer Brigadier Bill Mellor was commissioned by the Liberal National government to report on its bikie crackdown.
His report card, obtained by the ABC, showed assaults had fallen by 16 per cent when two periods were compared, covering October 2012 to February 2013 and October 2013 to February 2014.
During the same periods, unlawful entries fell by 31 per cent, property damage dropped by 18 per cent and armed robbery was down by 38 per cent.
But drug offences had increased by 17 per cent.
The Queensland Council for Civil Liberties questioned the independence of the figures.
“It’s a suspect result because these are statistics produced within the secret confines of the government,” the council’s vice-president Terry O’Gorman told the ABC.
Mr Dempsey stood by the accuracy of the crime figures.
“The statistics are collected from reports to police and are available online and to our knowledge have not been questioned in the past,” a spokesman said in a statement.