‘False sense of security’: Why ankle trackers a ‘failure’

A senior police officer has described the Queensland Government's handling of the state's youth crime epidemic as "a bumbling mess".

"I have read numerous articles about the juvenile justice system, and noted you recently mentioned the anklets in an article," the officer said.

"The anklets are a failure. They don't work with adult criminals, so they certainly won't work with juveniles."

The senior officer, who works in north Queensland, said unless the Labor Party reinstated the offence for juveniles breaching bail, which they foolishly revoked, nothing will happen as the juveniles can't be breached or prosecuted.

"There is simply no point in having bail at all unless it can be policed," the officer said.

"The anklets are monitored by a UK-based company, who monitor the devices from there.

"They then forward a job to the relevant agency.

"Often these messages are merely about the battery being flat.

"When this happened time and again with drug trafficker Lee Undy, he simply stated that he was at church praying, and that was the end of the matter, and most of the time these jobs weren't attended to as they are very low priority.

"All the anklets do is give the public the impression that this monitoring is being strictly enforced, when it's not, and a false sense of security."

The officer said until the government brought about meaningful change in monitoring and juvenile justice, any of these laws were just a toothless tiger, and completely ineffective.

"As for raising the age of criminal responsibility to 14, well that is a farce too," the officer said.

"When I was a detective in the JAB and Child Abuse Unit, some of my most violent offenders were between 12 and 14, so this latest meeting of AGs is just another example of the privileged not listening to the people who know."

Unfortunately, we've put up the white flag on juvenile crime. It's sad.




Originally published as 'False sense of security': Why ankle trackers are a 'failure'