Page 4805 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 1 November 2017

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In 2017-18 the ACT government has demonstrated its continued commitment to investing in ACT Policing through funding over the next four years for the following initiatives: $5.3 million for enhanced protective security measures for policing; $2.1 million to plan for the future of policing in the ACT; $4.9 million for an additional six police officers for extra patrols to support safer night-life precincts; a new maritime facility for ACT water police; and funding for ACT enterprise agreement increases.

This year we can expect to see three recruit courses for ACT Policing. The first course started on 30 October with 25 recruits and two further courses will be held in January and April next year. While I have demonstrated that ACT Policing is adequately resourced and a high-performing police force, I do acknowledge that the ACT is growing and changing, and with that the government and the community’s expectations of ACT police will continue to evolve.

That is why the government is investing in the future of ACT Policing, with $2.1 million to review current operating models and infrastructure in light of the growing ACT population and geographical footprint. This will assist the government and ACT Policing to make informed, evidence-based decisions on policing in the ACT over the coming years.

On 30 March the CPO, Justine Saunders, launched ACT Policing’s future “Policing for tomorrow’s ACT” program. The program is a direct outcome of Assistant Commissioner Saunders’s visits to ACT police stations and having open and honest conversations with members about ACT Policing’s strengths, challenges and ideas for improvements.

The CPO has my full support for this program and I commend ACT Policing’s continued focus on technology and innovation to develop agile policing capabilities that are able to respond to increasing complex and emerging crime. As I have demonstrated today, ACT Policing is an adequately resourced, highly trained and dedicated community policing organisation that serves the Canberra community well.

I thank each and every police officer and staff member of ACT Policing for the excellent work they do. The government is committed to ensuring that ACT Policing has the resources it needs to continue to perform well and keep our community safe, now and into the future.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.36 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Planning—lease variations

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, will you table by the close of business today how much the Woden Tradies and, separately, the Dickson Tradies paid to deconcessionalise their leases?

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