Community policing in the ACT is delivered by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in accordance with three principal direction setting mechanisms that drive our planning frameworks. Under the Policing Arrangement, funds to deliver policing services to the ACT are provided by the ACT Government to the AFP.
2016- 2017 Policing Arrangement
The Policing Arrangement is a contractual arrangement between the Commonwealth and the ACT Government, and sets the enabling framework by which the AFP (ACT Policing) provides policing services to the ACT. It includes:
- appropriate policing
- service quality
- value for money
- capacity to deliver
The Policing Arrangement is supported by an annually negotiated Purchase Agreement between the ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the AFP Commissioner and the Chief Police Officer for the ACT.
The agreement details the outcomes, outputs, performance measures, targets and facilities to be provided and the powers and obligations of the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and the Chief Police Officer for the ACT, and associated administrative arrangements. The main outcomes are:
- Reduce crime – prevent and reduce crime and violence; enhance response to, and investigate offences; and provide effective and efficient support to the judicial process.
- Public safety – respond to calls for assistance; plans and manages major community events and public demonstrations; responds to emergencies and disasters; and improves and promotes road safety through education, innovation and targeted enforcement.
- Community and partner engagement – increase community confidence in police; supports early intervention and diversion; and works to enhance and strengthen resilience within communities.
The Policing Arrangement allows the Minister for Police and Emergency Services to provide general directions to ACT Policing (in writing) through a Ministerial Direction. The Ministerial Direction is updated annually, in line with the Purchase Agreement, and gives guidance on specific areas of focus relating to policy, priorities and goals for the provision of police services, without issuing directions on operational matters. The specific areas of focus include:
- continued focus on strengthening ACT's response to domestic and family violence
- continuing to work proactively with the Government to reduce and prevent alcohol-fuelled violence, enforcing liquor laws and maintain a presence and respond to violence in night entertainment precincts
- continued commitment to Restorative Justice
- improving road safety through particular emphasis on vulnerable road users and combating anti-social and dangerous driving behaviours.
ACT Policing Business Plan
The ACT Policing Business Plan demonstrates our commitment to reduce crime and maintain public safety through collaboration with the ACT Government, partner agencies and community groups.