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– Drug Offences recorded a resolution rate of 97.4% (the 2003-4 rate was 90.6%)
– Offences against good order show a resolution rate of 91.0% (the 2003-4 rate was 81.1%)
Offences against the person are generally more likely to be resolved than property related offences because of the increased likelihood of offences being witnessed by third parties. Victims are often also able to identify offenders; in many instances offenders who are known to their victims commit offences involving violence.
This contrasts dramatically with property related crimes such as burglary, where the majority of offences occur away from public view and offenders go to significant lengths to avoid detection. There are often no witnesses to property offences and investigators are reliant on forensic or other evidence to identify perpetrators.
(2) ACT Policing remains committed to working with the community to enhance its level of service and to meet community expectations.
ACT Policing is committed to continually refining and re-examining capabilities and processes to ensure that it maintain a capacity to anticipate and to deal with changes in crime trends and spikes in criminal behaviour.
Overall crime in 2004-2005 has reduced by 13.2 per cent. Significantly, crime reduction results in the past year were achieved after a reduction in crime in 2003-2004 of 7.9 per cent. ACT Policing has contributed to a consistent reduction in the level of crime every single year for the past five years.
Reductions in the total number of offences reported in 2004-2005 indicate that the strategies and measures adopted by ACT Policing have been effective. ACT Policing acknowledges the contributions that have been made by partner organisations within the community as well by a variety of governmental and non-governmental organisations within the ACT.
(3) No. Resolution rates (clearance rates) refer to a case that has been cleared – by definition ‘offences cleared by arrest, summons, Voluntary Agreement to Attend Court (VATAC), charge before the court, diversionary conference, caution or otherwise resolved’. Convictions are dependant on a wide variety of factors not all of which fall within the control of police. It would be too resource intensive to detail the specific reasons why cases have not resulted in a formal conviction.
(4) All ACT Policing members receive extensive training on the use of the Police Realtime Online Management Information System (PROMIS). PROMIS is the sole means used to record referrals for AFP action or investigative activity. It is also used to record information of intelligence or operational interest to the AFP, whether that information is generated within the AFP or externally. PROMIS is a secure site in which all activity is logged against the user - passwords must be changed at least every 30 days and there are strict security requirements for passwords.
When a report of criminal activity is received it is dealt with in one of two ways:
a) The receiving member enters the appropriate details into PROMIS if it is unlikely that patrol attendance would locate any further evidence to assist an investigation.
b) The receiving member employs the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to request a patrol to attend and investigate the report. It is then the responsibility of