We all deserve to feel safe and protected in our homes, neighbourhoods, and workplaces.
The Gungahlin Joint Emergency Services Centre houses the Gungahlin Police Station, and 4 other services. Gungahlin’s population back then was a mere fraction of what it is today, and the station was designed as a part time station to suit the population at the time.
For Gungahlin Police to properly protect our homes, open spaces, and local businesses, they need adequate resourcing. Canberra spends the least per capita on our policing, and the ratio has been dropping as our population grows. This isn’t necessarily a problem, but it is one factor.
Locals often raise with me the apparent increase in visible crime in our neighbourhoods, particularly in West Gungahlin where some residents have longer response times than if police are coming from the Belconnen station. Crime statistics back up the concerns.
These suburbs are hurting. In an emergency rapid response times can mean the difference between life and death, especially in domestic violence situations. We should feel safe to go about every part of our lives.
As well as a proper police station, Gungahlin Police need to be adequately resources with cars, equipment, and staff. Investigation units are often borrowed from Belconnen to meet demand.
The mental health of our police force is also paramount. The AFP have good internal mechanisms to address mental health concerns, but proper resourcing can address problems before they begin. We can show that we value the police and their work. By doing so, we will work toward a well-adjusted and healthy police force.
- Securing funding for a purpose built Police Station for Gungahlin.
- Consulting with the local community about their views on local policing, and what areas need improvement.
- Relying on evidence, data, and statistics to inform decisions.