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Police outline vision for the future

07 Dec 2016 10:42am

The Commissioner of Police Grant Stevens has today outlined the future of policing in metropolitan Adelaide, detailing an unfolding picture of reform over the next four years.

“I am proud to detail this organisational reform package today,” he said.

“This ongoing work – which includes the new District Policing Model (DPM) for metropolitan Adelaide – provides a clear roadmap for SA Police (SAPOL) moving forward, detailing our plans in relation to our people, operations and technology.

“These three separate drivers form the basis of the SAPOL 2020 vision which will ensure better service, productivity and efficiency.

“In particular the new DPM has been the subject of extensive consultation with SAPOL staff – both sworn and unsworn – before being outlined to the community.

“This operational reform will see the current six metropolitan Local Service Areas merging into four districts, realigning the boundaries to equalise demand.

“These district will have response teams – responsible for 24/7 response to public calls for urgent assistance.

“Complementing them will be District Policing Teams. These will be allocated specific suburbs and will have a focus on reducing crime, preventing victimisation and building relationships with the community.

“In much the same way as the highly successful Neighbourhood Policing Teams have worked in some trial areas in Adelaide, this will link a specific team of police with each suburb.

“The teams have a problem-solving approach to local issues of crime, working closely with victims, providing appropriate police attention to recidivist offenders and actively engaging other agency, non-government organisation or community group input to local issues.

“However they will not be acting alone, they will be fully supported by frontline police officers working in response teams, and a full range of other police services – including CIB, dog operations, intelligence, traffic, mounted operations, water operations, crime scene specialists.

“Centralisation of some functions such as crime assessing will not only assist metropolitan operations but will also improve support to our regional areas.

“And underpinning all this is SAPOL’s staged approach to rolling out new technologies – computer, video, facial recognition and digital tools – and our workforce development.

Commissioner Stevens said the community have already seen some of the changes since he took over the top job in July 2015 – there have been reforms to areas such as traffic and crime scene investigation along with a greater focus on the prevention of domestic and family violence.

“This is not change for change’s sake,” he said.

“SAPOL introduced Local Service Areas in 1998 and times have changed - the community has changed; technology, particularly around communications and record keeping, has changed; and it’s time for us to change too.

“Rugged mobile devices, smart phones, apps, facial recognition, portable fingerprint scanners and body worn video are all as much a part of this reform program as the reform of six LSA into four Districts.”

“I invite the public to read the attached documents that detail the future of policing in metropolitan Adelaide and I look forward to these changes being enacted over coming years as SAPOL continues to evolve as a 21st century police service.”

SAPOL 2020 - The Roadmap

South Australia Police - District Policing