Service: public order and safety
This section deals with activities undertaken to maintain public order and safety during major events and natural disasters—from planning to recovery. Public order issues include those related to public space enjoyment, street and nuisance offences, liquor licensing issues and environmental design to reduce crime including alcohol-fuelled violence.
In 2009-10 our priorities included:
- Alcohol and drug misuse and their impacts on public safety
- The interaction between police and children and youth
- Disaster management – all phases from planning to recovery strategies
- Social order issues, including public space enjoyment
- The interaction between police and vulnerable people, particularly Indigenous people, homeless people and those with a mental illness
The Coordinated Response to Young People at Risk (CRYPAR) program is a whole-of-Government initiative. It aims to assist young people in addressing issues which are often identified as contributing factors in the development of criminal, self-harming or anti-social behaviour. The program enables police to refer young people, with their consent, to an agency that can assist them. The program has shown promising results which have been recognised in the following ways:
- Finalist at the 2007 Premiers Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management
- Winner of the 2006 Australian Violence and Crime Prevention Award
Over 656 referrals of young people were made in 2009-10.