THE North has the lowest ratio of police officers per 1000 people in the state.
The Department of Police and Emergency Management Annual Report 2012-13, released on Tuesday, revealed that the North has 1.68 police positions per 1000 people, compared with 1.78 police positions in the South and 1.93 positions in the West.
Police union leader Pat Allen said when there were 1228 officers before budget cuts hit, there was one officer to every 416 people.
Now there was one officer for every 468 people, he said.
The annual report also showed that while the total number of offences decreased by 4 per cent, the clearance rate had decreased by 3 per cent.
Serious crime is also up by 9 per cent.
Constable Allen said it was fair to say that fewer police officers meant fewer crimes in general were being detected.
``About serious crime, as soon as that comes in, they will go straight on to that and drop everything else,'' he said.
``The commissioner said they do not expect their people to do more with less.
``But that is just rubbish; it's not the reality.''
The annual report also showed an expected massive drop in speeding fines after the police department stopped using civilian speed camera operators last year.
There were 7628 speeding offences detected by speed cameras, compared with 24,510 the previous financial year.
Police also detected 32,262 speeding offences, compared with 43,991 in the 2012 financial year.
The 2013 financial year target for speed camera operating hours was 17,411, but the actual hours ended up being a lot less at 11,555.
Constable Allen said members were under pressure to meet ``traffic targets'', as if the police force was a profit-making business.
``Their performance targets were raised to suit what the government wanted, and that is revenue,'' he said.
``So we will slash you on one hand and make you work harder on the other.''