Crime and homophobic violence are on the decrease, Surry Hills Superintendent Donna Adney has reported.

Speaking at the City of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Community Forum last Wednesday, Adney reported a drop-off in homophobic crime since the beginning of the year, a fact which reflected an overall decrease in crime statistics across the city and Surry Hills area, she said.

The council’s CCTVs had recorded a total of 88 incidents which were referred onto by police, a decrease from 127 reported in the same period last year.

It was a small win which was quickly overshadowed as talk turned to the subject of Taser gun usage.
Deputy Lord Mayor Marcelle Hoff raised the issue, citing the city’s concerns over unwarranted use of the new weapon.

Should I have to get hurt before I am allowed to defend myself, while just doing my job? Adney responded, a comment which provoked some outcry from forum participants.

Adney was taken to task at the meeting as locals asked for more uniformed police.

I wouldn’t mind having police on every corner but it is a fine balance to strike between creating a safe area and a police state, she said, adding that, irrespective, a statewide shortage of police officers would prevent any such measures.

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