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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 1 Hansard (28 February) . . Page.. 145..


Policing—community perceptions

(Question No 1453)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, on 14 December 2006:

(1) In relation to page 4 of the 2005-06 ACT Policing annual report which stated that the retreat assessed opportunities for ACT Policing to enhance community perceptions of police and to strengthen performance against empirical benchmarking, is the priority order for ACT Policing enhancing perceptions and then strengthening performance; if not, why is it reported this way;

(2) Given that page 4 also stated that ACT Policing will focus itself across four broad objectives, the fourth being more effective public information strategies to assist in a closer alignment of fear of crime with the likelihood of crime, can the Minister explain this statement further and does ACT Policing intend to run, or has it ran, public relations campaigns to dampen the fear of crime.

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

(1) No. The realigned focus for ACT Policing across four broad objectives outlined at page 4 of the Annual Report is intended to both enhance community perceptions and improve performance against empirical benchmarking.

(2) ACT Policing takes into account the likely impact on fear of crime in all decisions on media campaigns but has not conducted campaigns specifically focussed on fear of crime. It is sometimes the case that, where media campaigns set out to inform the public on how to protect themselves from crime, there will be some increase in fear of crime. Where it is considered a campaign or announcement may inadvertently increase fear of crime, this is taken into consideration and balanced with the need to keep the public informed.

Policing—response times

(Question No 1454)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, on 14 December 2006:

In relation to page 5 of the 2005-06 ACT Policing annual report which outlined that ACT Policing focused its main effort in 2005-06 on response times, but did not meet this key indicator of police performance and that Second Tier response times have not met target for four years, why is it not possible for ACT Policing to meet response time targets, particularly for Second Tier of a response within 20-30 minutes.

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

ACT Policing operates a four-level priority response model. Priorities 1, 2 and 3 each have two-tier annual targets. Priority 4 responses have a single-tier target.

The table below records ACT Policing's performance against responsiveness measures for 2005-2006:


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