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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4096 ..

What are the typical age groups of offenders;

What were the reasons for these apprehensions;

What, if any, sentences were handed down to these people, and how were all other matters, not before the courts, otherwise disposed of;

How many Police are currently engaged in 'on the beat activities' around Canberra;

In relation to multi-government agencies' activities, please specify all agencies involved in such activities and the number of personnel typically involved in any "raid"of a public housing complex.

Mr Wood

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

From 28 March 2003 to 28 September 2003 less than 10 people were apprehended at Fraser Court.

Of those apprehended between 28 March to 28 September 2003, approximately 50% were residents of Fraser Court.

The age profile of these offenders is similar to that of offenders apprehended in the ACT as a whole.

The reasons for the apprehensions mentioned in Question (1) above included offences relating to assault, unlawful possession, theft, and crimes against justice procedures.

Although ACT Policing holds some material on court sentences and resolutions of offences it would require substantial resources and time to extract this information from the ACT Policing database. The ACT Magistrates Court holds comprehensive material on sentences and legal outcomes for specific matters.

It is unclear whether this question refers to the Fraser Court complex, all public housing complexes or all areas in Canberra. Beat patrols (typically defined as officers walking through areas) is a policing method that all sergeants may use. City patrol undertakes regular beat patrols. Other ACT Policing patrols may use beat patrols, according to intelligence and as determined by the Operations Committee. In deciding to use foot patrols, the committee considers the likely effects from this approach and the safety risks in the specific location.

The involvement of agencies in a "raid"of a public housing complex or any housing complex involves those agencies determined to be relevant for the specific matter at hand. Relevance is assessed in light of the offenders, the nature of the offence, the type of operation and how and why it has been instigated. Representatives from the following agencies may be involved: ACT Housing, Government engaged locksmiths, ACT Fire Brigade, Urban Services, ACT Motor Registry, ACT Ambulance and possibly Centrelink and the Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. The number of people involved in any intervention concerning public housing will vary, according to the nature and reason for the operation. Given this, ACT Policing cannot provide an indication of the number of people involved in preparing for, and executing a "raid"as the exact number will vary case by case. The number of representatives from other agencies may range up to 24. The maximum number of police officers involved in different aspects of the "raid", from planning, assessing intelligence to executing a 'raid' on site may involve as many as 60 members.

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