Page 3978 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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ACT Policing—community engagement

MR STEEL: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, can you inform the Assembly what work ACT Policing undertakes to engage and educate the Canberra community?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Steel for his interest in community engagement across the ACT. ACT Policing’s mission is to keep the peace and preserve public safety in the ACT, in partnership with the community of course. ACT Policing works closely with key stakeholders such as ACT government directorates, Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Stoppers on joint campaigns, events and public awareness messaging.

ACT Policing actively engages with the ACT community to share vital operational information and provide advice and information about personal safety and crime prevention. ACT Policing uses social media to communicate breaking news, incidents, crime in the community, and safety and security messages.

ACT Policing has more than 149,000 social media followers and has an active presence on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, where members of the community can keep up to date with all of the latest information. I have enjoyed in particular how ACT Policing uses humour to engage with young people and social media followers to get their important messages across.

ACT Policing also has a regular radio presence in Canberra. The coordinator of media and public engagement appears three times a week on 2CC to update the community on operational activity, public safety messaging and crime prevention. The Chief Police Officer, whom you met yesterday, Madam Speaker, also appears on ABC once a month to discuss ACT Policing and community safety matters.

MR STEEL: Minister, can you please provide further information about how ACT Policing engages with young people?

MR GENTLEMAN: I want to congratulate Mr Steel on his engagement with youth across the ACT. Engaging with young people is a priority for ACT Policing and a personal interest for me as Minister for Police and Emergency Services.

I am pleased to advise that ACT Policing has recently engaged Noetic to conduct a youth survey and workshop. The goal of this work is to increase our understanding of the relationship between ACT young people and police, and ensure that it is increasingly positive.

The first phase was the dissemination of a survey to youth participants that sought information on how youth and police relate to each other, and how that relationship can be improved. I was pleased to attend a workshop on 7 August where young Canberrans and police sat down together to discuss the results of the survey and how we can achieve the best outcomes for both youth and police.

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