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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1646..

3. Not applicable.

Neighbourhood Watch

(Question No 1329)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on

Thursday 4 March 2004:

(1) How many police officers were allocated to attend Neighbourhood Watch programs in the ACT in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-2001, (c) 2001-2002, (d) 2002-2003 and (e) 2003 to date;

(2) How many Neighbourhood Watch meetings in the ACT were attended by police officers in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-2001, (c) 2001-2002 (d) 2002-2003 and (e) 2003 to date.

Mr Wood

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

(1) ACT Policing does not record the number of officers allocated to attend Neighbourhood Watch programs. As there were two Crime Prevention officers operating out of each of the four police stations in the ACT during 1999-2001, ACT Policing can verify that there were at least eight officers involved in these programs during that period. It is not possible to identify the number of individual officers who have had an involvement in the Neighbourhood Watch programs since 2001. Under the current model, Crime Prevention officers undertake a range of duties of which Neighbourhood Watch activities are only one part.

(2) ACT Policing does not hold archived records of the number of Neighbourhood Watch meetings that police have attended. The Crime Prevention portfolio accepts bookings for police to attend Neighbourhood Watch meetings, and seeks six weeks notice from the groups to ensure that officers can be rostered appropriately. Officers attend the meetings as requested, rather than on a regular basis. This may entail Crime Prevention members attending several meetings in one month during some periods, whereas at other times there may not be any requests for a number of months. In addition, it is possible that officers from outside the Crime Prevention portfolio attend meetings on the basis of ad-hoc requests from particular groups.

Police force-resignations

(Question No 1338)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on Thursday, 4 March 2004:

(1) Was the position of Chief Police Officer (CPO) advertised when the Government was given notice that Mr John Murray was resigning;

(2) If so, where was the position advertised and on what dates; if not, why not;

(3) What recruitment process was undertaken in hiring Mr John Davey as the new CPO;

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