The bill to taxpayers for clothing police and dry-cleaning
their uniforms last year was more than $9 million. Figures
released under the Official Information Act reveal police
forked out $1.08 million on dry-cleaning, $5.5 million on
clothing (2011-12 financial year) and $2.46 million for
plain-clothes allowance (2012 calendar year).
Petty crime: no matter if it is a stolen bottle of milk, a
nicked kid's bike or a garden gnome gone walkabout, it still
matters to someone, and it still matters to police in the
South. Hamish McNeilly reports.