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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4123..

How often does the Crime Prevention Team meet with the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services to coordinate and plan these programs;

Has any formal agreement been made between ACT Policing and the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services on the way police deal with incidents arising in a school environment;

If so, are you in a position to release the details of that agreement;

If not, why not.

Mr Wood

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

The Crime Prevention Education Team provides programs in ACT schools that focus on the delivery of education packages which have been approved and endorsed by the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services (DEYFS) as being suitable and complementary to the school curriculum. Programs include the Constable Kenny Koala Program; support work relating to student visits to the Belconnen Traffic Education Centre; and drug education through the 'Making the Difference' Drug Education resource program. A lesson plan has also been approved which relates to drink spiking and preventative measures students can employ.

Presently, the Crime Prevention Education Team meets with the Department quarterly or more frequently if required. A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and DEYFS is in the final stages of development. The current draft states that the AFP and DEYFS will hold quarterly meetings to discuss endorsed plans, proposed amendments to those plans and new initiatives.

There is a current MOU, which was signed in 2000. As indicated above, the new MOU between the AFP and DEYFS is in the final stages of development. It is anticipated it will be completed shortly. The MOU will specifically address issues relating to police response to incidents at schools, as well as school programs.

The new draft MOU is incomplete and still requires agreement by all relevant parties.

See response to question 4.

Police numbers

(Question No 975)

Mr Pratt

asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 25 September 2003:

In relation to police numbers in the ACT:

In the 2001 election promises of the Labor Party, the Justice and Community Safety policy stated 'Labor will implement a program to restore the number of police officers available to at least the national average'. Has a program been developed to achieve this;

If so, what are the details of the program;

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