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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1803..


Answers to questions

Drugs—statistics

(Question No 1825)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 12 February 2008:

(1) In relation to the ACT Criminal Justice Statistical Profile, September 2007 Quarter, for what purpose are each of these statistics compiled;

(2) Are the statistics used as a (a) performance measure and (b) police workload indicator for Australian Federal Police contract payment purposes;

(3) If the statistics are used as police performance measures, (a) how are they applied and (b) what is the performance that is being measured;

(4) Who decides the detail of the statistics included in this profile and what criteria are used;

(5) In relation to the drug-related statistics on drug summary information in Tables 6 and 36 on pages 3 and 30, (a) can the Minister clarify the amounts of "Separate Drugs Seized", for example is this the number of pills or packets in any seizure, or is it the number of different types of drugs in any seizure, (b) is this statistic related in any way to arrests and summonses; if so, how and (c) with the number of "Arrests and Summons"is it possible to clarify if the arrests are new or repeat offenders; if not, why not;

(6) In relation to the drug-related statistics on drug type seized in Tables 7 and 37 on pages 3 and 30, can the Minister provide details on whether the drugs were seized in one arrest or over multiple arrests, and how many separate seizures and arrests were involved;

(7) Can the Minister provide drug-related statistics on (a) what was the weight of drugs seized, (b) what was the impact on the ACT drug market, (c) whether the statistics indicate an increased quantity and weight of drugs seized, and, if so, does this indicate an increase in (i) police activity in respect of drug issues and (ii) drugs availability;

(8) What percentage, by drug type, were the drug seizures of the total quantity that was sold on the street and can the Minister provide an estimate if exact figures are not known;

(9) What was the cost of making those seizures/arrests/summonses outlined in part (8);

(10) If these statistics outlined in part (8) are not available, why not.

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

(1) The ACT Criminal Justice Statistical Profile contains ACT Police, ACT Corrective Services and ACT Courts data for the preceding three months. The data provides an indication of the varying levels of crime in the ACT to government, relevant ACT Government agencies and the public.


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