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the police ecosystem, ACT Policing officers have more communication tools and technology than ever before, which allows them to do more of their work on the road and respond faster to crimes when they are occurring.
The ACT Government is continuing to ensure that Canberra remains adequately served by our front- line police officers and that ACT Policing has the resources necessary to keep our community safe. It may reassure petitioners to know that the ACT Government’s investment of $33.9 million over four years towards a new PSM is delivering more than 60 new ACT Policing personnel – the first step towards a more visible, proactive and connected police service. In 2022, additional ACT Policing recruitment will expand proactive, prevention-focused policing and drive a more mobile, targeted policing presence connected to the needs of the community. ACT Policing is recruiting a further ten staff for PSM roles including an additional Proactive Policing Team of nine sworn members and an additional unsworn Aboriginal Liaison Officer. In 2022-23, ACT Policing intends to further expand frontline proactive policing presence, improve community engagement and expand multidisciplinary vulnerable people capability through additional recruitment.
Through the transition to the PSM, ACT Policing is developing the ability to more effectively deploy its resources based on intelligence and manage its workforce efficiently.
I trust this brings the petitioners assurance that their concerns are understood and have been acknowledged by the ACT Government.
Belconnen—cricket facilities—petition 46-21
By Ms Berry, Minister for Sport and Recreation, dated 24 February 2022, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Clay on 2 December 2021 concerning cricket infrastructure investment in eastern Belconnen.
The response read as follows:
Dear Mr Duncan
Thank you for your letter of 2 December 2021 regarding petition 46-21, lodged by Ms Jo Clay MLA. The petition calls on the ACT Government to invest in additional club-only and community use cricket infrastructure in eastern Belconnen, co-located with West’s homegrounds:
- Option 1: Repair the existing club-only nets at Aranda and provide additional community use nets nearby; or
- Option 2: Expand the existing club-only nets at Kaleen Enclosed oval and provide additional community nets nearby; or
- Option 3: Provide new club-only nets at Macquarie Enclosed Oval, and provide additional community use nets nearby.
The ACT Government is aware of the need to upgrade sportsgrounds to meet growing participation and make best use of the large sporting asset base we are fortunate to have across the city. To this end, the ACT Government has committed to $60 million in investment in sport and recreation infrastructure over the term of the current Government.