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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 March 2017) . . Page.. 756 ..

women who exemplify this and it is fantastic to see the ACT government leading the way. While individual attitudes are critical to progressing gender equality, strong, cohesive leadership has the greatest capacity to address systematic issues. I am proud to be a local member for the exemplary young women in Yerrabi and look forward to watching as they progress as community leaders.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

ACT Policing key priorities

Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.42): I rise today to provide the Assembly with an update on this government’s priorities for ACT Policing. At the same time this will allow me some opportunity to provide the Assembly with an overview of ACT Policing’s achievements, which are significant.

The ACT government is committed to keeping Canberra safe. This is made possible through the dedication and commitment of the Chief Police Officer, Justine Saunders, and her officers. I acknowledge the excellent work ACT Policing does on a daily basis in serving the community. In addition, the government has outlined key priorities for ACT Policing, as the 2016-17 ministerial directions provide. These are: tackling domestic and family violence; reducing and preventing alcohol-fuelled violence; continuing our commitment to restorative justice; and improving road safety.

ACT Policing also continues to work with partner national, state and territory law enforcement agencies to respond to outlaw motorcycle gangs, serious and organised crime and any threats from terrorism. Clearly, the task at hand presents a number of challenges and complexities for our policing services. I am confident the work ACT Policing is doing is meeting the challenge. I am committed to working with ACT Policing, the Justice and Community Safety Directorate and my colleagues across government to make sure this continues to be the case.

The government has consistently delivered resources to the ACT Policing key priorities: notably $1.18 million as part of the $21.42 million safer families initiative; $3.132 million to protect ACT Policing, announced in the 2016-17 budget; as well as an additional $6.4 million to boost Taskforce Nemesis, announced in August 2016.

The 2016-17 police purchase agreement sets the ACT government’s expectations for the delivery of a professional, accountable and transparent policing service to the ACT community. The purchase agreement and ministerial direction are a written demonstration of the professional and robust relationship shared by the ACT government and ACT Policing.

The latest report the Chief Police Officer provided to me shows strong achievements against the performance measures identified in the purchase agreement. For the December 2016 quarter ACT Policing achieved 32 of the 38 targets. Extremely positive results were highlighted in the most recently produced Productivity

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