12th January, 2016 (Chronicle)
A RISE in methylamphetamine addiction is behind calls for more padded cells at police stations across the Darling Downs.
Member for Condamine Pat Weir has called for padded cells to be made available in Dalby for criminals who pose a danger to themselves.
Mr Weir called for more soft cells in light of the rise in ice use on the Darling Downs.
Dalby police currently have to transport offenders to Toowoomba if they are attempting to hurt themselves in their cells.
Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services, Jo-Ann Miller said the situation would be addressed this year.
"I am advised the possible installation of a soft cell for the Dalby Watchhouse will be considered next year as part of the future Minor Capital Works programming for the whole of the State," she said.
Mr Weir said he planned to advocate for a faster turn-around on road side drug tests, which currently take up to six weeks to process.
He said the lack of rehabilitation services for methylamphetamine addicts, also needed to be addressed.
"While you do need to enforce the law I think there needs to be a lot more done to stop them taking it in the first place," he said.
"There should be a lot more offer of rehabilitation. If you go to court and you are fined and convicted, that's it.
"It's not good enough."