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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2743 ..

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

1 (a) The estimated end of year result is an under expenditure of $828,494, representing 55% of the total budget allocation. A number of invoices remain outstanding and are yet to be incorporated in these figures as part of the ongoing end of financial year processing.

(b) ACT Policing experienced significant staff shortages during the reporting period due to disruptions to the recruitment program in 2001-2002 caused by delays in negotiation of the Purchase Agreement for Police Services. The Crime Prevention portfolio operated at more than 25% below its usual strength for much of this period as personnel were of necessity deployed to frontline policing. This shortage of personnel is responsible for the expenditure short fall.

(c) All unexpended funds were returned to Treasury.

2 (a) The crime prevention budget is $1.075m in 2002/03.

(b) The programs to be funded in the current year and the agencies which are responsible for delivering each project are:

Crime: What Can I Do (ACT Policing) - printed material on a range of crime prevention strategies directed at women's safety, household and motor vehicle protection etc.

Crime Prevention Roadshows (ACT Policing) - crime prevention events such as display stand at show.

Answers Where You Live (ACT Policing) - program involving conspicuous police attendance and crime prevention displays in neighbourhood shopping centres.

Crime Research (DJACS) - professionally conducted research by Australian Institute of Criminology - finalising research into stolen goods market in the ACT and commencing research into recidivist Operation Anchorage offenders.

Constable Kenny Koala: A Kid's Best Friend (ACT Policing)

Children At Risk (ACT Policing) - programs conducted under PCYC including Police Scouts and Reclinc.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Liaison (ACT Policing)

Bushfire Arson Reduction Program (DJACS) - to include TV media campaign, early teens in-school education modules, and research into profiling offenders and best practice treatment models.

Hand Brake Turn Project (DJACS) - high risk motor vehicle theft offenders will participate in CIT run, which will then be donated to a victim of crime or charity.

Volunteers in Policing (ACT Policing).

(c) Given the fact that crime prevention programs seek to achieve changes in perceptions and attitudes of members of the community in the medium to long term, evaluation cannot be effectively undertaken in the developmental phases of program implementation. To this end the crime prevention portfolio in ACT Policing has recently commenced development of a range of data collection mechanisms and over the next twelve months will concentrate on collecting and collating data on its activities to enable reliable assessment of its operational achievements and its impact on crime trends and perceptions of public safety in the longer term.

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