8BP-2016-2017The Business Priorities 2016-17 details strategic priority areas for the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management (DPFEM). This document outlines how the Department will achieve these priorities and how they will be measured.

Over the 2016-17 period, the Department will uphold its commitment to providing quality policing services to the Tasmanian community under the four Output Groups: Public Safety, Crime, Traffic Policing and Emergency Management. This will be supported by strong leadership at all levels with an emphasis on People, Innovation and Business.

Major areas of activity for 2016-17 include:

  • Coordination of the Corporate integration process
  • The Emergency Services Computer Aided Dispatch (ESCAD) Project
  • Safe Families Coordination Unit
  • The delivery of the new police vessel, PV Cape Wickham.

The Business Priorities performance processes are complemented by a suite of measures which are used and reported against throughout the Department. These include the Corporate Performance Reporting and the DPFEM Annual Crime Statistics Supplement.

The current Department Strategic Directions 2012-2017 will conclude at the end of this reporting period, which will provide the opportunity for greater integration and the increased cohesion of the Department.

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Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles were developed to help shape our thinking and behaviours to assist in achieving organisational goals. The adoption of these Principles will enhance DPEM’s reputation as a progressive, inclusive organisation that strives for success.

To meet DPEM’s vision of ‘a safe, secure and resilient Tasmania’, the Department will focus on the values of Integrity, Equity and Accountability. These values provide a sound foundation to support and maintain highly ethical behaviour across the organisation. This behaviour is demonstrated in every aspect of our work, including delivery of services to the community, and when interacting with each other.

  • Integrity: We value integrity because we believe in honest, professional, transparent and ethical behaviour in all aspects of our business.
  • Equity: We value equity because we believe in fair, consistent and inclusive behaviour when interacting with our people and our community. 
  • Accountability: We value accountability because we believe in being answerable for our decisions and actions, behaving professionally and being responsible for our outcomes. 

Strategic Direction

The DPEM Strategic Direction 2012-2017 establishes the longer-term pathway for the organisation. The document also identifies a number of aspirational goals to provide a long-term strategic vision of DPEM’s business beyond the operation of the Strategic Direction document. The Department will aim for:

  • Goal 1: A values-based organisation, which embraces the Values of Integrity, Equity and Accountability to influence what we do, what we say and how we do our business, rather than an over-reliance on rules.
  • Goal 2: An organisation that strives for community confidence when delivering its services through its professionalism, responsiveness and commitment to the community.
  • Goal 3: A high-quality policing and emergency management organisation, capable of matching the skills, competence and contemporary technological and procedural advancements that exist within modern policing and emergency services.
  • Goal 4: A fully integrated and interoperable environment that facilitates a seamless acquisition of, and provision of, information through innovative and/or technological systems and reforms.
  • Goal 5: A scalable and flexible organisation, capable of forecasting opportunities and threats, while meeting the challenges of responding to changing financial, social and political environments.

Strategic Output Groups

DPEM’s services will be delivered through the four Output Groups to guide the delivery of the Vision and Mission, and to meet the requirements of the Government business cycle. Each of the following Output Groups has a specific Aim, Priorities and Key Performance Indicators to report progress towards realising our organisational goals:

  • Output Group 1: Public Safety
  • Output Group 2: Crime
  • Output Group 3: Traffic Policing
  • Output Group 4: Emergency Management

The operational delivery of services and how they will be measured are included within each Output Group and reflected in the Geographical Command Action Plans. The delivery of business outputs and measures in the areas of People, Innovation and Business are reflected in the Department’s Support Command Action Plans.

The aim of these Plans is to work collaboratively towards the realisation of the Departmental priorities for the year ahead.

Output Group 1: Public Safety

Aim: For the community to feel safe and be safe

Priority Area & Key Performance Indicator

  • High visability policing
    • Satisfaction with police services ≥ national average
    • Satisfaction with police in dealing with public order problems ≥ national average
    • Perceptions of safety in public places – during the day ≥ national average
    • Perceptions of safety in public places – during the night ≥ national average
    • Number of marked vehicle patrol hours
  • Alcohol and drug related public order issues
    • Number of licenced premises checks
    • Number of liquor licensing infringement notices issued
    • Number of drug caution/diversion notices issued
    • Number of public place assaults involving alcohol and drugs
    • Total public order incidents
  • Operational readiness
    • Number of personnel available for operational deployment

Output Group 2: Crime

Aim: To reduce crime

Priority Area & Key Performance Indicator

  • Firearms

    • Total incidents involving firearms
    • Number of prohibition orders issued
    • Number of firearm inspections
    • Number of firearm theft incidents
  • Serious and organised crime
    • Number of serious crime offences and clearance rate
    • Serious drug offenders charged
  • Violence against women and children
    • Number of assaults and sexual assaults against women and children
    • Number of family violence incidents
    • Number of family violence charges
    • Number of Police Family Violence Orders (PFVO) and Family Violence Orders (FVO) issued
    • Number of Priority Family Violence Perpetrator Plans
  • Volume Crime
    • Number of home burglaries and clearance rates
    • Number of car burglaries and clearance rates
    • Number of business burglaries and clearance rates

Output Group 3: Traffic Policing

Aim: To improve driver behaviour through traffic law enforcement

Priority Area & Key Performance Indicator

  • High visibility deployments
    • Number of fatal and serious crashes
    • Report against the Rural Road Policing Strategy 2015-16
  • High-risk traffic offenders
    • Number of high-risk traffic offenders
    • Number of drink driving offenders
    • Number of drug driving offenders
    • Number of speeding offences: Police Issued Infringements
    • Number of offenders charged with Evade Police

Output Group 4: Emergency Management

Aim: To contribute towards community resilience through effective security and emergency management

Priority Area & Key Performance Indicator

  • Emergency management

    • Implementation of relevant recommendations from the Review of Emergency Management Arrangements

People, Innovation and Business

To achieve the Mission of providing a quality policing and emergency management service, DPEM will deliver strong leadership at all levels of the organisation with an emphasis on People, Innovation and Business.

  • People

    • A focus on our people as DPEM strives to:
      • support the frontline
      • facilitate effective communication
      • increase workplace capacity, and
      • support safe and healthy workplaces.
  •  Innovation
    • A focus on innovation where DPEM aspires to:
      • identify and support innovative opportunities and initiatives
      • encourage lateral thinking and problem-solving abilities, and
      • effectively and efficiently develop and utilise resources and systems.
  • Business
    • A focus on our business where DPEM aims to:
      • continuously improve business processes to enhance our service
      • develop business opportunities and processes to streamline and assist frontline service delivery, and
      • enhance collaboration, coordination and cooperation in key business ventures.

Business and Executive Services

  • Business
    • DPFEM Integration Project
      • Implementation of Phase 2 Integration Project – Human Resources (People and Culture) and Executive Support (Strategy and Support)
    • Tablet Roll-out
      • Completion of Tablet roll-out

Strategy and Support

  • Business
    • Tasmania Police Manual (TPM) Review
      • Implementation of revised TPM
  • Innovation
    • DPFEM Intranet and Internet
      • Implementation Plan
    • Endeavour Project
      • Commissioning of vessel

Forensic Science Service Tasmania (FSST)

  • Business
    • Implement new forensic Australian Standards
      • Implementation of new Australian Standards AS5388, AS5239 and AS5483 *
  • Innovation
    • Validate procedure for the confirmation of illicit drugs in oral fluid samples from drivers
      • Validation of procedure prior to amendment of the Road Traffic (Alcohol & Drug) Act 1970.

* The standards cover the forensic science disciplines of Forensic Analysis (AS5388), Examination of Ignitable Liquids in Fire Debris (AS5239) and Minimising the Risk of Contamination in Products Used to Collect and Analyse Biological Material (AS5483).  

People and Culture

  • People
    • Increase police numbers
      • Increased police numbers in line with Government funding model
    • Healthy Lifestyle Program
      • Development of the Healthy Lifestyle Program
  • Business
    • Enterprise Bargaining Agreement
      • Completion of jurisdictional research and consultation into enterprise bargaining subject matters

Education and Training

  • People
    • Operational Readiness
      • Number of police officers who have completed Operational Response Model Training
    • Active Armed Offender
      • Completion of active armed offender training
  • Business
    • Whole of agency Electronic Learning Management System (e‑LMS)
      • Implementation of 2015-2016 whole-of-agency e-LMS Plan

Operations Support

  • Business
    • Cyber-crime
      • Review and complete capability assessment
    • Criminal Intelligence
      • Implementation of the Intelligence Strategic Plan 2015-20
    • Firearms Legislation
      • Implementation of Stage 2 and Stage 3 legislative amendments
    • Police Radio Communications
      • Review and exercise redundancy options for police radio communications
  • Innovation
    • Safe Families Coordination Unit (SFCU)
      • Consolidation of the operation of the SFCU
      • Number of families assessed through the mapping process
      • Number of priority Family Violence Perpetrators assessed.

Professional Standards

  • Business
    • Conduct Management System (CMS) for police officers
      • Implementation of CMS
  • Innovation
    • Early Identification (EI) system
      • Development and implementation of EI system

Special Response and Counter-Terrorism Unit

  • Business
    • Terrorism resilience
      • Report progress against the Places of Mass Gathering and Critical Infrastructure Work Plan
  • Innovation
    • Implementation of Incident Management System
      • Progress uptake of WebEOC by non-emergency service providers

Download the DPFEM Business Priorities 2016-2017 in pdf format.