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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 24 November 2005) . . Page.. 4706 ..


Is there a lack of funding for new police officers meaning that emergency funding must be diverted from other areas in order to provide a level of community policing that will meet the ACT’s needs; if so, why;

Has any other funding been diverted from its appropriated areas for the (a) previous two financial years or (b) current year to date for policing services; if so, how much was diverted and where has it been diverted to.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1)(a) No.

(1)(b) No funding appropriated for crime prevention was diverted into funding for new police officers. $400,000 of the 2004-05 budget was identified, however, as part of the Department of Justice and Community Safety’s efficiency dividend savings for that year.

See answer to (1)(b).

No.

No.


Crime—clearance rates(Question No 722)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 20 October 2005:

Why has the clearance rates for many crimes recorded in the ACT Policing annual reports been so low over a number of years;

Is it acceptable that only around 30% of all crimes are cleared; if so, why; if not, what will the ACT Government be doing about improving these crime clearance rates;

Did all “cleared” cases result in the apprehension and conviction of an offender; if not, why not;

What verification and quality control systems exist in order to ensure that all reports of criminal activity are included into the PROMIS or other police databases.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

There is a wide variation in the clearance rates for the various types of crime categories, and some variations over different years.

For example in 2004-2005

Crimes against Persons recorded a resolution rate of 71.3% (the 2003-4 rate was 70.6%)

Crimes against Property recorded a resolution rate of 13.6% (the 2003-4 rate was 15.6%)


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