Police Commissioner Ian Stewart
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart

Queensland's top cop wants 'radical changes' to fight crime

ARRESTING more criminals will not make Australia great, the state's police commissioner says, calling for radical efforts to get the lives of young and minor offenders back on track.

After being reappointed to lead the Queensland Police Service for three more years yesterday, Ian Stewart also said he wanted to look after the "mental, physical and spiritual" wellbeing of the 15,000-strong force.

And the 63-year-old flagged he could seek to serve in the top role for even longer, citing examples of public figures who have worked into their 70s, while confirming for the first time he was forced to reapply for his job.

Asked to outline the main challenges ahead, Mr Stewart cited next year's Commonwealth Games, counter-terrorism and security, improved technology and stopping crime.

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