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(3) I am informed that the Territory’s insurance arrangements met the legal costs for both the plaintiff and the defendant, and those costs are a matter of public record. There were no other settlement fees and no compensation has been paid. The ACT Insurance Authority has to date paid a total of $604,679-55 in respect of this matter, comprising $280,000 plaintiff legal costs and $324,679-55 defendant’s legal costs.

(4) I am unable to say how many legal matters involving MLAs have been the subject to assistance since self-government as that data is not readily available from records searches.

(5) Yes. Requests for legal assistance have been denied in cases where they did not meet the criteria set under the Guidelines for the Provision of Assistance to ACT Ministers and Members in relation to Legal Proceedings.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

ACT Policing—body cameras
(Question No 1714)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 24 August 2018:

(1) Do ACT Policing officers wear body cameras when on duty.

(2) Would there be any impediments to giving all police officers body cameras.

(3) Are all police cars equipped with cameras.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) ACT Policing officers do not currently wear body cameras when on duty.

ACT Policing is undertaking a renewal program of the fleet of camera enabled Conducted Electrical Weapons (CEW’s). These newly deployed CEW’s will be equipped with a body worn video capability, and will be personally issued to up to 483 operational members. This body worn video capability will, through internal policy, be limited to use of force scenarios involving a CEW.

(2) Any consideration of the wholesale use of body worn cameras for police officers in the ACT would need to be undertaken in the context of the legislative, policy, procedural, logistical and economic implications.

As part of the rollout of 483 new CEW’s, ACT Policing will review the utility of audio visual record evidence obtained by CEW equipped body worn cameras. This review will better inform ACT Policing on the utility of the broader use of body worn cameras.

(3) No.

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