Page 3979 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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This work is continuing and the information already obtained will assist ACT Policing in better understanding the youth of today and how to strengthen the relationship between youth and police. For our younger citizens—

Mr Hanson: The youth of today, Mick!

MR GENTLEMAN: I reject the interjections from the older people on the other side.

MADAM SPEAKER: I would if I were you, minister.

Opposition members interjecting

MR GENTLEMAN: Of course, Constable Kenny Koala, who the opposition—

Ms Stephen-Smith: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order?

Ms Stephen-Smith: I hesitate to do this, Madam Speaker but I really cannot hear Minister Gentleman at all.

MADAM SPEAKER: To order, members; to order. Minister, in conclusion?

MR GENTLEMAN: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Yes, I do want to thank Constable Kenny, and the constable, recently retired, who did that work for so many years. He was very successful. He started in the mid-70s, Madam Speaker. The 70s is a great time to remember. It is still a key community engagement tool for ACT Policing. In the past two years the program has attended—

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, you will need to leave it there. Your time has expired.

MS CHEYNE: Minister, can you please tell the Assembly some of the events where members of the community can engage with ACT Policing?

MR GENTLEMAN: As I said at the beginning of the answer, I am pleased the police use humour to engage with the community. Where resources and operational priorities allow, the busy and dedicated members of ACT Policing can also be seen out and about talking with members of our community at community events. In the 2016-17 year, ACT Policing responded to 134 community requests which included open days, school fetes, community meetings and events.

ACT Policing attends major Canberra events such as the National Multicultural Festival, the Royal Canberra Show and the special children’s Christmas party. ACT Policing is a proud participant in the Multicultural Festival and sees the festival as a key community engagement event, especially with the multicultural community. ACT Policing utilises the Canberra Show as a community engagement event focusing on the interactions with younger members of the community. Policing also has an operational presence at major events such as Skyfire, Floriade and Summernats where officers have the opportunity to positively engage with the community.

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