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.