Page 5363 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 16 November 2011

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(3) commends the marked decrease in the number of alcohol related arrests in the ACT between December 2010 and August 2011 with 20.68 percent fewer arrests compared to the same time in the year before; and

(4) congratulates the efforts and close cooperation between ACT Policing and officers from the Office of Regulatory Services in achieving these results.

I am pleased to bring this motion to the Assembly today and advise that ACT Policing has achieved its best operational results in the eight years since the purchase agreement reporting framework was established in 2002-03. ACT Policing has produced a decrease in crime in the 2010-11 year across a broad range of crime types: burglary, reduced by 32.7 per cent; motor vehicle theft, decreased by 37.3 per cent; robbery, down by 22 per cent; property damage, fallen by 21.8 per cent; and other theft has dropped by 22.1 per cent. And very pleasingly, there have been 20.68 per cent fewer alcohol-related arrests between December 2010 and August 2011 compared to the same period in the previous year. These are not just statistics, they are individuals’ lives, individuals whose lives are no longer being affected by crime. They are families who are no longer affected by crime. It is our community no longer affected by crime.

These are outstanding achievements by ACT Policing, making a strong contribution towards achieving the government’s vision of the Canberra plan: towards our second century. A central strategic theme of the Canberra plan is a fair and safe community. The excellent work of ACT Policing is a clear demonstration of this. ACT Policing’s work also supports the government’s priorities for 2011-12, in particular priority 8, which is continued improvement in public safety.

The achievement of ACT Policing needs to be acknowledged in the context of the strong working partnership between the Justice and Community Safety Directorate and ACT Policing. Driving this partnership is the five-year policing arrangement. This arrangement enables Minister Corbell to provide general direction on policy, priorities and goals to the Chief Police Officer in the form of a ministerial direction. The 2010-11 ministerial direction identified the following special areas of focus: liquor industry reforms, property crime, mobile technology and road safety.

The policing arrangement also provides for the establishment of an annual purchase agreement. The 2010-11 purchase agreement includes 34 performance indicators that cover the following key areas: crime and safety management, traffic law enforcement and road safety, prosecution and judicial support, and crime prevention.

In the 2010-11 year, ACT Policing achieved or exceeded 29 of the 34 KPIs; that is, 29 of the 34 KPIs were achieved or exceeded. This is an excellent result. It is the best result in the eight years since the existing purchase agreement reporting framework was established in 2002-03. ACT Policing only narrowly missed meeting the remaining KPIs. This is a strong partnership we have with ACT Policing and it is fundamental to ensuring the safety of our community.

ACT Policing’s recent outstanding operational performance is a clear indication of the success of its partnership with ACT government agencies. A further demonstration of

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