NSW Budget 2016: Record $8.1b spend for justice

THE NSW Budget has set aside a record $8.1 billion for reforming the delivering justice services and introducing reforms to drive down reoffending and ease pressure on courts and overcrowded jails.

Justice Minister Troy Grant said $570 million would be spent over four years on reforms, with $44 million earmarked for programs aimed at reducing domestic violence offences by five percentage points by 2019.

The plan includes GPS tracking of high-risk offenders, behavioural programs for higher-risk perpetrators and the establishment of dedicated police teams to crack down on high-risk domestic violence offenders.

Another $57 million will be spent on upgrading and building new police stations in areas including Coffs Harbour and Tweed Heads.

"This budget is a win for community safety, providing funding for innovative programs to ensure offenders - particularly those who have committed domestic violence - are brought to justice and take part in rehabilitation," Mr Grant said.

The Policing for Tomorrow Technology Fund has been allocated $36 million over four years to roll-out body-worn video cameras to officers, hand-held drug testing equipment and mobile tablet computers and fingerprint scanners.

A new surveillance aeroplane will be added to the NSW Police Force fleet, while two ageing aircraft will be replaced under $13 million funding for police aerial surveillance.

-ARM NEWSDESK


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