More police and a new approach for ACT Policing

Released 30/05/2019

The ACT Government is investing in ACT Policing to keep Canberra safe as our city grows, delivering a more connected and efficient police service with 69 more frontline, operational and support staff.

Canberra is one of Australia’s safest cities – in part because of our hardworking and dedicated police officers.

The 2019-20 ACT Budget will deliver a major boost to resources for ACT Policing, supporting the service to embark on a significant reform program that will see police serve the Canberra community even better into the future.

The new model will see ACT Policing take a system-wide approach to crime prevention, disruption and response, helping to deliver on our goal of reducing 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.

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.

Our investment in better tools and technology for police officers will also enable them 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.

In the coming years, Canberrans will see more police working in a more connected and effective way to disrupt crime. By moving to a proactive prevention model we are working to lower crime rates and divert more people away from the justice system.

Investing in a new model and more police today will continue to help keep our community safe and engaged in the years to come.

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