Police forced to babysit: Bleijie

SCARCE frontline police were increasingly being forced to babysit Queensland's mentally-ill under Bligh Labor's failed policies, the LNP said today.

LNP Shadow Attorney-General and acting police spokesman Jarrod Bleijie said police were being called to attend incidents involving mentally-ill at record levels statewide - with a 16.4 per cent spike in call-outs in the past two years.

Mr Bleijie said government figures obtained by the LNP reveal Queensland police attended 21,662 incidents in the past financial year, averaging 60 incidents a day. 

"The long-term Bligh Government's failure to fix mental health services is increasingly tying up valuable police time and redirecting hardworking frontline officers from tackling violent, armed and drug-related crime," he said.

"This comes on top of revelations that police are increasingly tied up with babysitting duties at court watchhouses.

"No wonder such a high level of stealing offences and break-ins are going unsolved across the state.

"Next time you call triple-O, just be mindful that our frontline crime-fighters are tied up with dealing with mentally-ill and playing housemaids at watchhouses.

"Police are being dragged into Labor's mental health crisis - and all this pressure and stress is a recipe for disaster.

"Labor's had 20 years to fix the mental health mess - but all they've done is force mentally-ill patients out into the community - and left it to police to handle.

"It's time for a change. It's time to get Queensland back on track."

Topics:  jarrod bleijie lnp mentally ill police

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