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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . . Page.. 2088..


(1) Housing ACT will finalise implementation on the introduction of a consistent approach to flagging potentially difficult clients to staff via Homenet in May/June 2006.

(2) Not applicable.

Policing-firearms

(Question No 1142)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 11 May 2006:

(1) What firearm recertification procedures are in place for ACT police;

(2) How often must police officers recertify their firearm use;

(3) From what distance is an officer required to hit a firearm target when taking the recertification test and is this a standard distance across all other Australian jurisdictions;

(4) What requirements for firearm recertification are in place regarding the accuracy of the shots taken at the target;

(5) What restrictions is an officer who fails to recertify their firearm certification placed on and can they participate in active patrols and other general sworn duties or are they restricted to office duties;

(6) How many officers have failed their firearm recertification test in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05 and (d) 2005-06 year to date;

(7) How many (a) practice sessions are officers allowed before sitting the firearm recertification and (b) rounds are they permitted to discharge.

Mr Corbell

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

(1) All sworn police officers must maintain a valid firearm certificate unless medically incapable of completing the required training.

(2) Annually.

(3) A range of tasks, at different distances, is incorporated into a 'Serial Qualifying Test'. Distances used within the test are 3, 7, 14 and 20 metres. Standards are different across other jurisdictions.

(4) All shots fired within the Serial Qualifying Test must strike the target within a body silhouette.

(5) An officer who does not hold a current firearm certificate is temporarily deployed to a non-operational role and does not participate in active patrols. The officer may, however, perform a range of non-operational duties ordinarily conducted by sworn officers.

(6) An officer's test results are manually recorded during the Serial Qualifying Test. Officers who pass the test then have an electronic record updated to reflect their recertification. All test records are retained, however the labour required in collating records prevents


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