Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 7 Hansard (16 May) . . Page.. 2156..
ACT Policing have recently restructured their shift arrangements to provide more time for these types of specialist, targeted activities to occur in response to community concerns. And that is delivering results. Fewer public order offences, fewer assaults—those are the results of this work. We will continue to focus on it. Where there are concerns that members have, I am very happy to ensure that information is relayed to ACT Policing so that if it adds anything further to their knowledge, they are able to take advantage of it to target those who perpetrate crimes.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.
MR WALL: Attorney, what action can local residents take if they are concerned about violence in their neighbourhoods?
MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Wall for the supplementary. The best thing that residents can do is ensure that each and every instance is reported to police. Police are using an intelligence-driven model where they compile information holdings on the pattern of crime in a suburb. The more that residents report, the better the picture the police are able to build, even if it is after the event; even if police are not able to respond to that particular incident because it is after the event—that is, opposed to when the event is occurring.
If residents have knowledge and if they have information, I encourage them to report it to Crime Stoppers or to their local police station so they can help build the intelligence picture, because what we are seeing is that the intelligence picture being built by police is working. These information holdings and intelligence gathering efforts of our police are working. They are able to target the activity and drive down the crime rate. Public order offences were down 19 per cent in the last 12 months. Assaults were down 12 per cent in the last 12 months. Those are the results of intelligence-led policing. I would encourage all members of the community to further support their police by reporting any information they have that can assist police.
MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, can you please outline for the Assembly the latest results contained in the criminal justice statistical profile you tabled earlier this week?
MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Gentleman for the question.
MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members!
MR CORBELL: Yes, I can certainly outline to members the latest results in the profile. I have already mentioned a couple of them but I will mention a couple more because the results are very good. The results are excellent. I am very pleased to report that in the 12 months to March 2013, compared to the 12 months to March 2012, there have been across-the-board decreases in robberies, including extortion and related offences. They are down by 31 per cent.