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(3) Project elements include local area traffic management, streetlighting and community paths. However, a number of improvements have already either been commenced or completed, including footpath improvements in Deakin, installation of street lights in Turner, construction of a pedestrian refuge in Dickson, upgrades of signalised pedestrian crossings at Dickson, and road linemarking improvements across a number of suburbs; and

(4) The Capital Upgrade program has funding allocated for neighbourhood improvements in 2005-06. The identified projects recorded for the suburbs at (2) will be considered for inclusion in the capital upgrade program, along with other competing items on an ACT wide basis and for the funding available. The capital upgrade program is an ongoing program over the next five years.

(Question No 583)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 26 August 2005:

(1) At what point do police decide to attend, or not attend, an incident or call for assistance;

(2) What is the policy and what criteria will guarantee police attendance and what will not;

(3) What will guarantee the collection of evidence, such as fingerprints, from a crime scene;

(4) Does this policy indicate that police are not confident that offenders will be prosecuted under this Government; if not, why not.

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

(1) Police respond to incidents following the receipt of a request for assistance to either police communications or directly to a police station. Police attendance at incidents is based on a prioritised response model used by the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) System that prioritises all incidents for dispatch of patrols.

Priority 1

Life threatening or time critical situations.

Priority 2

Situations where the information provided indicates that time is important, but not critical.

Priority 3

Situations where there is no immediate danger to safety or property, but where police attendance is needed without undue delay.

Priority 4

Situations requiring police attendance where time is not critical and includes circumstances where a time is agreed with the complainant.

(2) The priority response model provides a guide against which the specific circumstances of an incident can be assessed. Police attendance or non-attendance is dependant upon the individual circumstances of the incident reported and communication’s staff are trained to maximise the efficient and effective deployment of resources.

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