Cocaine Possession And Use Up By 41.2 % Across New South Wales

Cocaine Possession And Use Up By 41.2 % Across New South Wales

New South Wales Minister for Police Troy Grant

Domestic Violence Rates Fall For First Time In 9 Years

Victor P Taffa

For the first time in 9 years, recorded incidents of domestic violence related assault have fallen in New South Wales signalling another step forward in the battle to combat this scourge.

Minister for Police Troy Grant said the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research quarterly report showed domestic violence assault had decreased by 3.5 % in the 24 months to September 2017.

“Last time we saw domestic violence assault drop in New South Wales was 2008. I would like to pay tribute to all the people working tirelessly at the coal face to protect victims and hold perpetrators to account.” Minister Grant said.

 

“New South Wales Government has committed more than $350 Million over 4 years in the 2017/18 budget to break the cycle of domestic violence that has plagued our state for too long.”

“We’ve introduced a raft of measures including Australia’s first dedicated Police teams to target high-risk offenders, Plain English Apprehended Violence Orders and body-worn cameras so Police can record victim statements that can be used as evidence in court.”

“New South Wales has also played a leading role in making domestic violence orders automatically enforceable across Australia.”

“While the downward trend in domestic violence assault is a significant milestone, there’s still a lot of work to be done to stop people being injured or killed in their homes.”

“Unfortunately, we know this hideous crime is still underreported, and we will not rest until we can give every victim the confidence to come forward and speak to Police.”

Latest BOCSAR report also shows 16 out of 17 major offences have fallen or remained stable in the 24 months to September 2017. The only offence to increase was stealing from a retail store.

7 offences trending down are:

  • Steal from person (11.1 %),
  • Fraud (8.5 %),
  • Break and enter – dwelling (7.8 %),
  • Break and enter – non-dwelling (5.8 %),
  • Steal from dwelling (5.7 %),
  • Domestic violence related assault (3.5 %),
  • Malicious damage to property (2.7 %).

Minister Grant welcomed the statistics showing amphetamine possession has fallen significantly for the second consecutive quarter by 9.3 %.

“We have seen some of Australia’s largest drug busts this year as New South Wales Police work hard to stop the tsunami of amphetamines entering our state from overseas.” Minister Grant said.

“However, the appetite for cocaine continues to grow unabated as possession and use of this drug increased significantly by 41.2 % across New South Wales.”

“New South Wales Government and New South Wales Police Force have a strong message for anybody engaging in this behaviour: You will be caught, and you will be held to account. Your actions are illegal and will not be tolerated.” Minister Grant said.

Abbreviations

BOSCAR        Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research