Page 757 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 21 March 2017

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Commission report on government services. Recorded community perceptions in 2015-16 of safety both at home and in public places showed positive results for the ACT, with all categories within this criterion demonstrating that ACT Policing ranked above the Australian average and recorded the highest results nationally. The result for “police perform job professionally” was 88.7 per cent and “police treat people fairly and equally” was 77.4 per cent, and both exceeded the national average in 2015-16.

When compared to other states and territories, the ACT recorded the highest rate in Australia for “police are honest”, 79.8 per cent, and the second highest satisfaction rate for “general satisfaction with services provided by police”, at 78.5 per cent. Road safety results show the ACT recorded the lowest number of road deaths in 2015-16 per 100,000 registered vehicles. The results for juvenile diversions in the ACT showed the proportion of juvenile offenders diverted—53 per cent—as the second highest in Australia in 2015-16. ACT Policing recorded the lowest number of complaints from the public since 2011-12: 36 complaints per 100,000 people.

From the above it is clear that ACT Policing continues to perform well in what is an increasingly complex environment. Having said that, I am pleased to advise that ACT Policing is not being complacent and recognises the need for continued reform to continue to effectively meet current and future challenges. I commend ACT Policing efforts aimed at building a sustainable workforce plan for the future, streamlining processes and providing the right technology and tools to support the front line. I am committed to working with ACT Policing to ensure that it is effectively resourced to meet the challenges it faces ahead.

ACT Policing’s dedicated family violence coordination unit allows front-line police and criminal investigators to engage subject matter experts in the delivery of a coordinated and consistent response to family violence. The unit was established by ACT Policing, on its own initiative, to strengthen the front-line responses to these tragic and complex crimes. The unit provides education and training to front-line police and works closely with external services to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved for victims of family violence.

ACT Policing continues to focus on strengthening its response to domestic and family violence in appropriate and culturally sensitive ways. ACT Policing will also receive an additional $150,000 from the confiscated assets trust fund for a dedicated female Indigenous community family violence liaison officer to address the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in family violence related matters.

ACT Policing is engaging closely with the Coordinator-General for Family Safety to improve outcomes for victims of family violence and their families. ACT Policing’s continued work, both through its policing services and its contributions to ongoing strategic partnerships, supports the government’s commitment to strengthening our responses to domestic, family and sexual violence.

The safer families package includes $1.18 million in funding for ACT Policing to assist victims in applying for domestic violence orders. Two dedicated order liaison officers commenced duties in the first quarter of 2017. The officers provide

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