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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (24 November) . . Page.. 4706..

(3) Is there a lack of funding for new police officers meaning that emergency funding must be diverted from other areas in order to provide a level of community policing that will meet the ACT's needs; if so, why;

(4) Has any other funding been diverted from its appropriated areas for the (a) previous two financial years or (b) current year to date for policing services; if so, how much was diverted and where has it been diverted to.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1)(a) No.

(1)(b) No funding appropriated for crime prevention was diverted into funding for new police officers. $400,000 of the 2004-05 budget was identified, however, as part of the Department of Justice and Community Safety's efficiency dividend savings for that year.

(2) See answer to (1)(b).

(3) No.

(4) No.

Crime-clearance rates

(Question No 722)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 20 October 2005:

(1) Why has the clearance rates for many crimes recorded in the ACT Policing annual reports been so low over a number of years;

(2) Is it acceptable that only around 30% of all crimes are cleared; if so, why; if not, what will the ACT Government be doing about improving these crime clearance rates;

(3) Did all "cleared"cases result in the apprehension and conviction of an offender; if not, why not;

(4) What verification and quality control systems exist in order to ensure that all reports of criminal activity are included into the PROMIS or other police databases.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) There is a wide variation in the clearance rates for the various types of crime categories, and some variations over different years.

For example in 2004-2005

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