Page 596 - Week 02 - Thursday, 24 March 2022

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service across the local community and tackle the root causes of criminal behaviour, improving outcomes for Canberrans and diverting community members away from crime.

As part of the PSM rollout, our officers are also now better equipped, with new tools and tech, including mobile devices, tasers and body-worn cameras, as well as additional resources to provide real-time intelligence out on the road.

I want to thank all ACT police members for their involvement in the rollout of the new police services model. Their feedback and engagement have been vital to its success, and I look forward to our ongoing work on this important project. Together we will continue to deliver a more visible, proactive and connected police service to ensure the ongoing safety of the Canberra community now and into the future.

DR PATERSON: Minister, how are the ACT government and ACT Policing discouraging dangerous driving and ensuring safety on our roads?

MR GENTLEMAN: The ACT government and ACT Policing have zero tolerance for dangerous driving. ACT Policing conducts targeted traffic operations designed to identify offenders, deter illegal and antisocial driving activity as well as promote a culture of road safety in our community. I am pleased to report that during ACT Policing’s month-long traffic focus on dangerous driving and hooning in November, illegal events were disrupted, with several motorists fined. Vehicles were also seized, and numerous drivers were summoned to face court.

ACT Policing received and investigated multiple reports of burnouts, speeding and hooning events in the ACT, as well as across the border, with the assistance of the New South Wales police force. Police targeted speeding motorists on roads across the ACT throughout January, as part of the ACT Policing and Transport Canberra and City Services road safety calendar. In February, ACT Policing seized two vehicles following burnout activity in Hume and charged two drivers with improper use of a motor vehicle. Recently, this month, ACT Policing arrested and charged an individual for multiple driving offences following pursuits in Belconnen. These are just some of the examples of the good work ACT Policing has been doing to discourage dangerous driving and keep our roads safe.

Whilst our officers continue to achieve excellent results and have a significant presence on our roads, they cannot be everywhere all of the time. Information from the community is crucial in identifying problem areas and crimes at the times those issues are occurring. This information helps ACT Policing to better access, prioritise and direct resources to incidents.

I strongly encourage Canberrans to continue to report incidents of dangerous driving, either at the time on 13 14 44 or after the fact to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, how is the ACT government ensuring incidents of property crime remain low?

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