25 September 2023

Police expansion is fair cop

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ACT Policing is to be expanded with 69 new personnel added to its frontline, operational and support numbers in the coming year to provide a more connected and efficient police service.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Mick Gentleman said a new model would involve ACT Policing taking a system-wide approach to crime prevention, disruption and response, helping to deliver on the goal of reducing offender recidivism by 25 per cent by 2025.

“Our $33.9 million commitment through the 2019-20 ACT Budget is the single largest investment in ACT Policing this decade,” Mr Gentleman said.

“By making this investment and recruiting 69 more staff over the coming years, the Government will help our police officers meet evolving community needs, tackle new and emerging crimes and be more active and visible in the Canberra community.”

He said funds would be available for better tools and technology to enable police officers to be more mobile and agile in serving the community.

“This builds on our investment in new mobile devices, TASERS and body-worn cameras through recent Budgets,” Mr Gentleman said.

“In the coming years, Canberrans will see more police working in a more connected and effective way to disrupt crime.”

He said that by moving to a proactive prevention model, ACT Policing was working to lower crime rates and divert more people away from the justice system.

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