Page 3929 - Week 10 - Thursday, 28 August 2008

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MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Gentleman for his question. I was very pleased to join with the Chief Police Officer, Mr Phelan, and the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Mr Keelty, today to sign our latest purchase agreement for the provision of policing services to the ACT community. I was particularly pleased because it is an opportunity to again highlight the very significant impact that the provision of an additional 122 police funded by this government is having on the delivery of policing services to the community.

The new agreement that I signed with both Commissioner Keelty and Mr Phelan provides for 34 specific performance measures which measure ACT Policing’s service to the Canberra community, including managing levels of crime, response times, perceptions of public confidence and safety and, indeed, road safety in our community.

As part of the agreement, I issued new directions to the Chief Police Officer on those areas that the government considers to be priorities in particular for the next 12 months. These include continuing to focus on improved police response times, and we have seen a fantastic increase in police responsiveness over the last six to eight months as over 100 additional police have come onto the beat. Another focus and direction is further cooperation with other parts of the criminal justice system to provide better support to victims of crime. Another very important measure is further improvement in perceptions of public safety. I have directed the Chief Police Officer to focus on perceptions of public safety and, in particular, the development of an online reporting and information presence where Canberra citizens can get the most up-to-date information on police presence and activities in their local neighbourhood.

The year ahead will prove to be a very exciting year for ACT Policing. We will, of course, see the opening of the Gungahlin police station on a 24 hours a day, seven days a week basis, from January next year. We will continue to see the extra 122 police patrolling our territory and we look forward to seeing the maintenance of the very high levels of response ability that are now in place because of this government’s commitment in funding ACT Policing with the capacity for an additional 122 police.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper. I table the following paper:

Statement by Mr Michael Costello.


MR STANHOPE: As I have undertaken, I table a statement by Mr Michael Costello. I present the following paper:

Proposed gas fired power station and data centre—Copy of statement by Michael Costello, Chief Executive Officer, ActewAGL, dated 28 August 2008.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, you were ordered to produce a document pursuant to standing order 213.

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