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ACT is to get 20 new Police in the budget

By che 3 May 2005 28

This CT story in from SpecialG about the ACT budget.

‘Mr Hargreaves said the 20 new officers meant the ACT was moving towards the national average. The 2005 Productivity Commission Report on Government Services said the ACT had 251 policing staff for every 100,000 people in 2003-04; the national average was 289, not including the 40 new officers.’

I think they are trying to put a positive spin on the numbers here. What it will still leave us with is 30 below the national average per 100,000 people. The 20 new Officers will only hit the streets in 2007-2008. How far below the average will we be by then? This is after election promises of 120-140 more Police for Canberra’s streets.

With Gungahlin ever increasing in size they are going to need a full time station out there soon enough, so that should take care of the extra 20-30 Police that are coming out in the next 3 years.

With lenient Court sentencing, lack of Police numbers and excellent Housing why wouldn’t Australia’s finest want to come here.

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LurkerGal 1:48 pm 09 May 05

Ar ha – we ALL know who VG is. He gave his name some time back. Presumably because he didn’t feel the need to hide behind an anonymous nom de plume all the time. Just the same as we all knew I worked at DIMIA long before some idiot decided to “expose” me.

It sounds, however, like you didn’t know that and are actually making a threat. That can’t be a nice thing to do!

Get a hobby perhaps?

Ar ha 1:32 pm 09 May 05

VG… I know who you are! Should I tell everyone?

vg 5:52 pm 04 May 05

you have 10 seconds to disperse………5 seconds

count me in

bonfire 4:16 pm 04 May 05

i think we should contract policing out to the company that built robocop.

vg 1:26 pm 04 May 05

only problem is we don’t live in NSW….thankfully

Ralph 12:43 pm 04 May 05

I still reckon there are economies of scale to be gained by contracting local policing out to NSW.

12:39 pm 04 May 05

Twenty more cops and twenty less teachers – does that say anything about the changing demographics of Canberra?

Anon 12:38 pm 04 May 05

And I have lived in ‘other places’, including interstate and overseas for lengthy periods. Canberra City police station is one of, if not the, busiest stations in Australia. Busier than most Sydney stations. Think about it this way. Queanbeyan has a population of around 26,000 and it, and its immediate area, are serviced by a Police station that runs 24/7.

Gungahlin has a population of 30,000 that is rising daily and is serviced by a small ‘sub’ station that runs from about 8 in the morning until 10 at night. Extra 20, gimme a break!! An extra 120 would have been a start

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