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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 7 August 2008) . . Page.. 3118 ..


Year

Number of deaths

2001-02

6

2002-03

0

2003-04

1

2004-05

2

2005-06

8

2006-07

4

2007-08

4

See response (1) above.

See response (1) above.

ACT Policing employs a full-time psychologist to assist staff in a range of issues including exposure to trauma. In addition, ACT Policing employs two Welfare Officers and a Chaplain to provide support and advice to members and provides access to external support services through its Employee Assistance Program. The cost of these services is included within the allocation made to ACT Policing under its annual Purchase Agreement with the ACT Government. Additionally The Department of Justice and Community Safety has an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides an independent and confidential counseling service for work-related or personal problem to which ACT Emergency Services Agency personnel have access. The EAP service is available to staff and their immediate families and provides free counseling. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing is also offered to groups of employees and individuals where there has been a traumatic incident at work. Counseling is provided by qualified professionals, including registered psychologists, social workers, career advisers and trainers. Clients are counseled in an informal, confidential and non-judgmental manner. Davidson Trahaire Corpsych are the EAP provider for the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Each time a breath analysis is conducted by police, certain statistical information is gathered. This is the case regardless of whether the person returns a positive result from the breath analysis. Police collect the person's name and details of age, gender, time and place of last drink, reasons for the screening test (accident, RBT, etc), whether the driver is subject to a .05/.02 limit and the reason for the special .02 category.

This data is collected for identification and evidentiary purposes and is not reported in any aggregated form.

In previous years the Canberra Times published the names of convicted drink drivers. It would appear this was provided as a community service by the Canberra Times. This practice ceased some years ago, mainly due to a number of errors resulting in Court action being taken.

The Court does not publish results of drink driving convictions or any other matters. They are, however, available from the Court. If a matter is heard in Court it can be reported on.



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