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Working smarter to prevent crime

Budget 2011 - 2012Media Release

10 May 2011

The Australian Federal Police, Crime Stoppers Australia and other authorities will receive additional resources to assist with crime prevention in the 2011-12 Budget.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will develop the case for a new National Forensics Centre to ensure Australia remains a world leader in forensic analysis.

A detailed business plan, including costs, for a purpose-built forensic facility will be developed for consideration by the Gillard Government.

Through the 2011-12 Budget, the Government will also be investing in security infrastructure to better protect our vulnerable schools.

The successful Secure Schools program will continue with $15.0 million over the next three years.

The programassists schools that are most at risk of racial, religious or ethnically-motivated vandalism, property crime and harassment.

"Every child deserves a safe learning environment and this investment will ensure that those most at risk can study free from fear and danger," Mr O'Connor said.

"Our teachers and support staff also deserve a workplace where they can feel safe and concentrate on teaching our kids. Secure Schools is delivering that security to them."

Under the program,state and territory governments nominate schools for consideration for funding. Only invited schools are eligible for funding.

Secure Schools has provided security infrastructure to 54 schools across the country, including fencing, lighting, CCTV and structural improvements.

The Budget will also see funding renewed for Crime Stoppers Australia, with $2.0 million to be provided to this important crime prevention organisation over the next four years.

"Crime Stoppers is a trusted national brand that links the community and law enforcement.

"Public information is often the key that unlocks a crime. This funding allows Crime Stoppers to continue delivering national programs to educate Australians about crime reporting and prevention," Mr O'Connor said.

Crime Stoppers has run successful national campaigns such as the national phone-in day on illicit drugs held last November. The campaign provided valuable information to police and helped reduce crime in our communities.

Media Contact: Jayne Stinson 0458 547 512