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2013 Australian Crime & Violence Prevention Awards

 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards

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Winning projects 2013

Announced by The Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice
Tuesday 19 November 2013.

ACVPA 2013 winners

Image: ACVPA award winners 2013

ACVPA board

  • Dr Adam Tomison (Chair), Australian Government
  • Mr Paul Friedman, Queensland
  • Mr Andrew McIntosh, Australian Capital Territory
  • Superintendent Noreen O’Rourke, Western Australia
  • Chief Superintendent Bradley Shepherd, New South Wales
  • Inspector Kevin Lawton, South Australia
  • Commander Ashley Dickinson, Victoria
  • Inspector Fiona Lieutier, Tasmania
  • Superintendent Mark Christopher, Northern Territory

ACVPA national winners

Nine projects received national awards

Connections Program

Award: National Certificate of Merit

The Connections Program is funded through the NSW Ministry of Health and is operational statewide across New South Wales assisting prisoners with drug dependence problems in preparation for release from custody and reintegration into the community. This is achieved through assertive linkage with relevant health and welfare services, playing a strong advocacy role and ensuring participants have access to support services. To date, Connections has worked with 4,681 participants in the community. The program has a strong commitment to social inclusion principles. Connections has developed important relationships with a range of services, government departments and stakeholders to facilitate the transition process to the community. Its goals are to reduce mortality and morbidity rates, and reduce recidivism of participants released from Adult Correctional Centres in New South Wales. The impact of this approach to transitional work has resulted in better general and mental health, social functioning and reincarceration rates with associated positive outcomes for families, carers, the community and government agencies.

Contact: Mr Stephen Ward

Alice Springs Domestic and Family Violence Outreach Service

Award: National Certificate of Merit

This project provides targeted outreach support to women living in Alice Springs and the surrounding town camps, who are experiencing domestic and family violence. The program also runs support and education groups to women in town camps. The long-term goal is to provide an early-intervention model to support women to live safely in their community without fear of violence. A majority of the women supported by this project are Aboriginal. Funding is from the Alice Springs Transformation Plan, an initiative between Australian and Northern Territory Governments. A consultant recently evaluated the project. Outcomes include:

  • 100 percent of the women recently interviewed reported that their safety improved with the support of the program,
  • Woman’s return rates to the emergency accommodation decreased significantly with only 42 percent of the women interviewed using the emergency accommodation, and
  • 16 percent said that their safety improved without ever using the emergency accommodation.

Contact: Ms Dale Wakefield

Supporting Young People on Bail, Southern Tasmania

Award: $15,000 and National Certificate of Merit

Supporting Young People on Bail is a voluntary, strengths-based, solutions-focused, diversionary youth justice program. It aims to reduce youth crime and the number of young people held on remand and detention in Tasmania, by supporting young people aged 12–17 years in the southern region to re-engage with educational, vocational/employment and recreational opportunities. Youth Workers work one-on-one with young people, designing individual Bail Support Plans that are presented to the Magistrate. Practical, therapeutic, mentoring support is provided to the young person during their bail period to help them meet the goals in their plan. The young person’s willingness to work towards their goals is reflected in their sentencing. Sixty-one percent of the 62 young people who we have worked with over the past two years have not reoffended; this figure could be as high as 80 percent because not all have been sentenced. The project is primarily funded by Save the Children.

Contact: Ms Lisa Cuatt

Rumbalara Football and Netball Club‘s ‘Street Safe’—A Community Approach

Award: $15,000 and National Certificate of Merit

The program operates as a community-based intervention, which is culturally sensitive and positively manages the behaviours of disaffected Indigenous youth in Shepparton and surrounds. It also facilitates prosocial behaviours by involving youth in sport (with police involvement), with Indigenous community and peers acting as positive role models to keep the whole of the community safe. The result is the lowest offending rate for Indigenous youth in Victoria.

The partnership delivers elements of both situational and social crime prevention by using sport and a whole-of-community approach to preventing crime rather than individual measures. This works due to active participation by the Shepparton Police as an integral part of its service delivery model. The police actively implement cultural sensitivity training for all their staff and they honour a statement of cooperation with agreed outcomes that has been operational since 2005 and formalised in 2008. They meet on a regular basis with all stakeholders. The community that operates the Rumbalara Football and Netball Club under the guidance of Paul Briggs AM provides a socially inclusive and safe environment for team sports and community, and provides respect for elders and decision making that works beyond an individualistic level to include decisions on behalf of the team and the broader community. The staff is trained in culturally appropriate youth work and the environment provides for mentoring, positive role modelling and acceptance of self and others. This community preventative approach is endorsed by having health and mental health issues responsively addressed by the Rumbalara Health Services, which includes family and community in consultation with RFNC and the police. RFNC’s Rumbalara Nibbles program offers employment and between the four organisations, a young Indigenous person comparatively is at far less risk of offending.

Contact: Mr Paul Briggs

Constable Care Child Safety Foundations Theatre-In-Education Harm Prevention and Citizenship Program

Award: National Certificate of Merit

The program aims to effectively communicate violence, crime prevention and citizenship messages to children aged three to thirteen through puppet theatre and interactive drama.

In July 2011 and in conjunction with Local Government partners, a number of safety priorities were identified. These were community crime prevention, violence and harm prevention, graffiti prevention, cyberbullying and internet safety, and online protective behaviours. The following theatre-in-education shows were developed for primary school children, in conjunction with relevant stakeholders.


Educational theatre performance addressing violence, harm prevention and social resilience strategies. Designed for children ages 9–13 years.

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Educational theatre performance addressing online safety and protective behaviours online. Designed for children aged 9–13 years.


Educational theatre performance addressing vandalism, burglary, community connectedness, consequences of inaction and neighbourhood watch. Designed for children ages 9–13 years.


Educational theatre performance addressing safety of personal information online, cyberbullying, longevity of online information and resilience strategies. Designed for children ages 9–13 years.

Watch and Learn

Educational theatre performance addressing graffiti prevention, tagging behaviours, vandalism vs art, and social resiliency strategies. Designed for children ages 9–13 years.

Across the school year, approximately 160,000 children under the age of 14 years will see a Constable Care show. Constable Care’s engaging ‘theatre-in-education’ model has been shown to be an effective tool for driving attitude and knowledge change in children and young people.

Contact: Ms Jody Thomas

The High Density Housing Safety and Security Project

Award: National Certificate of Merit

The Project involves four inter-linked elements—crime prevention and reduction, community safety and security, community development and access to services.

All four elements involve working through Reclink Australia’s on-the-ground Project Manager with a range of government and community agencies to address safety and security issues with the residents of the Ainslie Avenue high density housing sites.

Reclink Australia works with broad range of high and complex needs residents including:

  • residents who have previously been, are currently or are at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • women;
  • children and youth; and
  • socially disengaged or isolated people.

Reclink Australia offers a range of structured and informal programs and activities, and promotes ongoing participation opportunities that prevent or reduce opportunities for crime. It also promotes community safety and security through the development of prosocial and law-abiding community engagement and facilitates access to services that are related to justice, health, mental health, education and employment.

Some of the key outcomes accomplished through this project include:

  • the creation of a safer and more secure environment for resident;
  • an environment where more residents are socially involved and law abiding; and
  • a community with improved opportunities with greater access to services.

Contact: Mr Mark Ransome

SupportLink E-referral Management System in Queensland

Award: National Meritorious Police Award

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) implemented SupportLink statewide as its main community policing program for all ‘persons at risk’ or ‘vulnerable persons’ in the community.

Officers across the state are now aware that a criminal justice approach isn’t the only option available to police; if officers aren’t able to provide the appropriate social assistance to the individual then they can offer a referral to a welfare or support agency to assist in addressing the client’s needs.

SupportLink IT provides QPS with the electronic referral service platform. A key aspect of the QPS-based SupportLink is the funding it has from Xstrata Coal for $5.008m to implement the referral system.

SupportLink provides a secure web-based e-referral system to connect clients with local, state and national support service agencies. Police access to the system is facilitated through the QPS computer network via a portal to the e-referral system.

Over 250 welfare agencies have signed Memorandums of Understanding to be part of the SupportLink network. Police are able to refer on a wide range of issues including domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, crime prevention, elder abuse and neglect, victim support and counselling, road and other trauma support, and suicide prevention and support following suicide.

The program’s key objectives to reduce offending behaviour, reduce police calls for service, improve early intervention and diversion outcomes have all been achieved.

Contact: Acting Inspector Mark Edwards

The Multicultures Project

Award: National Meritorious Police Award

The Multicultures Project is a suite of crime prevention programs and initiatives that effectively respond to the needs of a school-wide community. Targeting both victims and potential victims of crime, the Project provides opportunities for schools to engage in activities promoting positive social behaviours and improving cross-cultural relationships.

The Project has worked directly with almost 600 students, along with dozens of school’s leadership and teaching staff across several schools, as well as numerous community organisations.

The long-term goal of the Project is to foster an improved culture within participating schools of cross-cultural collaboration and harmonious relationships, with a measurable reduction in local crime including violent crime.

Since 2012, the Project has been funded under the Attorney Generals Department via Crime Prevention Funding, with in-kind contributions from project partners.

Contact: Sergeant Jeff Nicks

Banbaji Student Services

Award: National Meritorious Police Award

On Mornington Island, minor conflicts between students can escalate into major community violence and unrest. The Banbaji Student Service manages the conflicts between students in a timely and culturally appropriate manner and further, provides targeted activities and education to students, which assists in preventing violence in the community. The key strategies of the Banbaji Student Service are:

  • Mediation service to assist disputing students and their families.
  • ‘We’re all Family’ community-wide anti-violence promotion.
  • Resilience building activities for students.
  • Social media monitoring.
  • Traditional role education for Indigenous youth.

Operating in the Mornington Island community since January 2012, the program has been formally accredited with:

  • improving student attendance by creating a safe and supportive school environment; and
  • reducing community violence arising from student disputes.

The program is funded through the Department of Justice & Attorney General.

Contact: Sergeant Dave Ives

ACVPA state and territory winners

Seven projects received $5,000 and Certificates of Merit

‘It’s Time to Talk’ about Domestic Violence

Award: $5,000 and Certificate of Merit

The It’s Time to Talk campaign emerged in 2007 after key stakeholders across Bankstown and Canterbury came together with a desire to develop an innovative program that sought to encourage the community to better understand the issue and empower them to act.

After the extensive community education campaign conducted between 2007 and 2009, the committee began to focus on running professional development seminars for services on the issue of domestic violence. Since 2009, seven sessions have been conducted with approximately 350 people attending in total. This has included sessions targeting general practitioners and childcare workers on the signs of domestic violence and encouraging them to speak to patients and families about the issue. Our evaluations found that 95 percent of general practitioners who attended the training were then able to identify at least one patient they believed was a victim of domestic violence.

Contact: Renee Oxford, Community Development Officer

Plan 2day 4 2morrow Pre-Employment Program (P242)

Award: $5,000 and Certificate of Merit

P242 is an intensive mentoring and aspiration pre-employment program for our Aboriginal participants who require culturally appropriate support before commencing employment due to reasons such as a criminal record, drug and alcohol dependency, family issues, cultural issues, long-term unemployment, no income, welfare agency involvement, mental health issues, lack of education or other health issues. Up to 25 participants commence the program each term (up to 100 per year).

The purpose of the program is to reduce criminal activity and unemployment by delivering this diversionary program which provides mentoring by local Aboriginal role models, as well as educational, vocational, cultural and wellbeing training. P242 includes intensive mentoring and culturally appropriate soft-skill delivery, cultural pride activities, literacy and numeracy support and training, life-skills training and preparation including but not restricted to financial literacy, sexual health, alternative to violence living with grief and loss, drug and alcohol education, cultural pride workshops, employability sessions and sport and fitness.

Contact: Lisa Cunningham CEO

CAYLUS Remote Community Youth Program Support and Development

Award: $5,000 and Certificate of Merit

CAYLUS works with partner agencies to improve youth service infrastructure, while also working to support the development of local programs for youth. The goal is to provide all young people in remote Central Australia access to a youth development program that can divert them from crime, substance abuse and improve the quality of their lives. The outcomes to date have been seven youth worker houses, three basketball court covers and renovations on 13 recreation halls. The number of communities with a functioning youth program has increased from three to more than 20. A recent independent evaluation of this work demonstrated that it is a practical and effective approach to the high levels of crime and violence that are currently experienced in our region. The project aims to assist remote Indigenous youth, who are the most disadvantaged group in Australia. There are approximately 15,000 Indigenous youth in the region, living in more than 20 remote communities. The group contains both victims, potential victims, perpetrators and potential perpetrators.

Contact: Tristan Ray

White Ribbon Australia’s Breaking the Silence in Schools Program (BtS)

Award: $5,000 and Certificate of Merit

White Ribbon Australia’s BtS Program is a unique leadership program, working with primary and secondary schools, and with youth aged eight to 18 years, to embed models of respectful relationships within primary and secondary schools, and to reduce and prevent the perpetuation of Violence Against Women (VAW). It combines professional development and preventive practice within existing school curricula to integrate cultural and behavioural change within schools and the wider community.

BtS is delivered through three facilitated workshops of up to 35 people. Participants (school principals, executive leaders) are provided with the platform, resources and strategies to best implement the program into their respective schools.

BtS is a critical element of the White Ribbon Australia campaign to prevent Violence Against Women. An independent evaluation and related case studies found the program to be a very successful approach, offering highly engaging strategies, activities and stimuli for teachers/students to consider issues around respectful relationships and prevention of Violence Against Women, enabling positive culture change to be embedded through the school community.

Contact: Libby Davies, CEO

Collaboration between the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Inc (DVPC) and Queensland Corrective Services (QCS)—South Coast Region of Probation and Parole

Award: $5,000 and Certificate of Merit

The collaboration between the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre (DVPC) and Probation and Parole on the Gold Coast takes place within the Domestic Violence Integrated Response (DVIR), which has been operational since 1996. The long-term goals of the DVIR are to end domestic violence on the Gold Coast. The tangible outcomes from the DVPC/Probation and Parole collaboration has been the development of a framework for working together to formulate high-risk responses, to co-case manage offenders attending the Men’s Domestic Violence Education and Intervention Program (MDVEIP) and Men’s Perpetrator Fathering Education and Intervention Program (MPFEIP), and the utilisation of cross-training to develop Probation and Parole Officers’ understanding of male domestic violence offenders, the impact of any actions they may take on the victims of domestic violence and the implications of supervising female offenders who may also be victims of domestic violence. Unanticipated outcomes have been the secondment of Queensland Corrective Services staff to DVPC and the potential for this framework to be adopted statewide for Queensland Corrective Services. This collaboration directly affects women and children who are experiencing or escaping domestic violence and the cohort of offenders perpetrating domestic violence. This cohort is approximately 200 offenders on the Gold Coast, their victims and children. There is no specific funding for this collaboration, all costs are incorporated into the budgets of local Probation and Parole District Offices, and into the Regional Service Agreement for the DVPC.

Contact: Rosemary O’Malley

The Walking on Eggshells Project

Award: $5,000 and Certificate of Merit

The Walking on Eggshells Project evolved from Flinders University Southern Knowledge Transfer grant in 2011 to partners Relationships Australia (SA) and Junction Australia and then into a non-profit unincorporated entity. The project developed and distributed resources and training to address adolescent violence in the family. In 18 months, 18,000 copies of parent resource books and contact cards were distributed throughout South Australia and 194 SA Police and 95 community workers were trained. The long-term goal is to educate, mentor and support adolescents and their parents to increase prosocial behaviour and reduce family violence. An intervention program based on Step-Up, an evidenced-based cognitive-behaviour program, will be delivered initially to 10 families, working with the young person and their parents. The overall aim is to reduce adolescent family violence and protect all family members from violence.

Contact: Jeannette Stott

The Gold Coast Street Meet Program

Award: $5,000 and Certificate of Merit

Street Meets are casual, low-cost events and activities that give people a way to meet their neighbours and usually involve sharing food, games, information and conversation. Events are inclusive and are held in local parks, streets and community facilities.

Our program’s goals are to improve people’s sense of safety via the activation of public space and enhanced social connections within their community. We also aim to build a stronger sense of community ownership and reduce crime through community intervention.

Since 2009, outcomes have included:

  • Over 200 events held, 15,000 people engaged.
  • An increase in legitimate use of public space and a decrease in police reports of antisocial behaviour.
  • An increase in the number and strength of social connections among local residents and community groups.
  • An increase in the community reporting of crime.
  • An increase in the number of residents associations formed.
  • An increase in the membership and activity of local Neighbourhood Watch groups.

An improvement in the CPTED design and management of public spaces.

Contact: Nina Sprake
Phone: 07 5581 6420

One project received $3,000 and Certificate of Merit

Elder Abuse Prevention Program

Award: $3,000 and Certificate of Merit

Advocare’s ‘Elder Abuse Prevention Program’ is the only Western Australian program addressing elder abuse, a predominant social issue occurring frequently in our community.

Elder abuse is the abuse of an older person by their family, friends or those in a position of trust and recent research suggests one in 20 older people in Western Australia will experience elder abuse.

The long-term goals of the program are to stop elder abuse, increase visibility of the issue in the community and support and assist older people to prevent future abuse.

Since the program’s inception, Advocare has assisted over 5,000 older people to stop violence and abuse, assisted in the development of the Older Peoples Rights Service (a free legal centre to assist victims) and developed three research papers on elder abuse.

Contact: Sarah Patterson

Three projects received $2,000 and Certificates of Merit

Don’t go there Girlfriend (DGTG)

Award: $2,000 and Certificate of Merit

The Don’t Go There Girlfriend (DGTG) program aim is to reduce the incidents of anger and anger-related violence exhibited by young women by identifying triggers and learning anger management strategies both face to face and in the virtual world of information and communication technologies.

Based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and adventure-based therapy coupled with a strength based approach, this early intervention program positively enhances social conditions through behaviour change for young women aged 12 to 15 years. The project receives no funding; however a testament to the program, NESAY continues to fund this program from its own resources.

The immediate goals of the DGTG program are to help participants to develop self-awareness and understanding of anger by:

Reduce violence behaviour in young women by:

  • understanding the link between thoughts, feelings and actions;
  • developing practical social skills that will help avoid conflict;
  • learning skills to express negative feeling in an acceptable manner; and
  • Develop tools to improve family and intimate relationships.

Key outcomes include:

  • 36 percent reduction in anger related incidents in school campus where the program has operated. (Source: School)
  • Increased confidence in handling anger in an appropriate and acceptable manner. (Source: Program evaluation via data collection)
  • 25 percent stated improvement in family relationships (Source: Program evaluation via data collection)
  • Increased school community sense of safety—30 percent of participants surveyed stated that due to the program, ‘the school enjoyed an increased sense of safety’ (Source: Program evaluation via data collection)
  • 18 percent reduction in student bullying and student harassment. (Source: Various local schools)

Contact: Paul Knowd

‘Ponki’ Mediator Training Project Tiwi Island

Award: $2,000 and Certificate of Merit

The project consults designs and delivers National Accredited Mediation training on Tiwi Island for the volunteer group known as the ‘Ponki’ Mediators.

The aim of the project is to build capacity on the Tiwi Islands to reduce the risk of violent conflict and trauma through peace-making skills that provides a corresponding reduction in interaction with the criminal and civil justice system, health and child protection systems.

The outcomes include promoting a safer community, reduction in recidivism and developing culturally effective mediation practices.

Since 2009, 44 Tiwi Islanders commenced their training with 17 completing Nationally Accreditation status following seven multi-day training workshops.

The ‘Ponki’ Mediators resolve a wide variety of intra-family disputes and promote healing between families affected by serious, violent crime by facilitating victim-offender mediations in Berrimah prison before release.

This collaborative project provides culturally experienced trainers at no cost and supported in-kind by local Aboriginal Legal Aid and NGO’s.

Contact: Ippei Okazaki

Portland Secondary College Re-Engagement Program

Award: $2,000 and Certificate of Merit

With our partners, we have developed the ‘off campus’ Portland Re-Engagement Program (PREP) for students who have abandoned their education and completely disengaged from school. Many have had contact with the police or are on community-based orders.

Our community partnership (established in 2010) provides an evidence-based flexible learning program tailored for students who have disengaged, are at risk of disengagement and who face learning challenges. Our program engages Indigenous and non-Indigenous students aged 12–17 years and are improving literacy, numeracy, confidence, school participation, progress toward certification and attainment.

This program focuses on student wellbeing, case management, becoming workplace ready or transition to TAFE or mainstream education.

Data shows the municipality has the state’s third highest percentage for unskilled/semi-skilled workers, a risk factor for their children’s disengagement. In Glenelg Shire, young people placed on community orders are more than double the Victorian average and rates of substantiated child abuse are double compared with the Victorian average.

Contact: Toni Burgoyne, Principal

Two project received $1,000 and Certificates of Merit

Elizabeth Riders Committee

Award: $1,000 and Certificate of Merit

The Elizabeth Riders Committee (ERC) is a youth-led project whereby 20 young volunteers at any one time have tackled issues of violence within the Elizabeth skate park by providing opportunities for young people to be involved with activities and supporting engagement with local council and community services.

The ERC has built community ownership by viewing young people as experts and as a result, the ERC is now self-sustainable (as young people charge surrounding council areas and community service to deliver workshops, presentations and demonstrations).

Key outcomes include:

  • annual youth-led skate competitions for over 2,750 young people;
  • youth-led skate park skills workshops to over 380 young people;
  • youth-led presentations to over 230 encouraging young people to volunteer in their community and supporting the development of more youth lead committees; and
  • engagement through demonstrations to countless young people across South Australia.

Older young people acting as mentors and supporting younger riders

Contact: Amy Gascoigne

Pacific Youth Cultural Reconnection Program

Award: $1,000 and Certificate of Merit

In 2009, the Australian Museum began collaborating with Juvenile Justice NSW and a range of other partners to introduce young offenders of Pacific heritage to its internationally renowned Pacific collections. Department of Juvenile Justice statistics indicate that there are more young people of Pacific Islander background in custody or on remand for violent offences than any other ethnic group in New South Wales. A central assumption of our program is that cultural isolation is a key risk factor for this group and that many young Pacific offenders struggle with cultural identity issues.

Our aim is to build cultural awareness among ‘at-risk’ youths from Pacific communities and to provide young people with a sense of pride and dignity in relation to their cultural background. To do this we offer young people a range of programs. We hold workshops for offenders in our collection areas where we handle and discuss relevant cultural objects and encourage self-expression through traditional arts like weaving. We present creative workshops based on traditional and contemporary Pacific art for detainees at the Frank Baxter, Juniperina and Reiby Juvenile Detention Centres (in partnership with Southwest Multicultural and Community Centre (SMACC) and South West Youth Peer Education (SWYPE)).

Incarcerated youth can do work experience on day release with our cultural collections staff and the project also partners with the Pacifika Achievement to Higher Education (University of Western Sydney) to present to Pacific high school students at events around Sydney.

As part of a broader package of interventions, we contend that exposure to traditional culture can help young people break the cycle of offending and lower the chance that they will offend again in future. Funding for the project is provided through the Australian Museum, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and the Australian Museum Foundation.

Contact: Scott Mitchell, Head Culture Conservation and Business Services

Two projects received Certificates of Merit

SupportLink Trials—Rural Victoria Police Project

Award: Certificate of Merit

The trial of the SupportLink Model within Sunraysia (that is aimed at promoting early intervention to reduce crime) was to test the acceptance and benefits of a formal referral framework between police and Community Services within a rural setting. The Sunraysia area of Victoria was set to trial this due to its rural location and significant Indigenous population.

The project established an agreement (MOU) between Victoria Police and local support agencies to manage referral making and support responses aimed at at-risk persons. An electronic referral management system was provided to all stakeholders to coordinate referral activity.

Victoria Police provided the funding. The long-term goal was to create a coordinated framework to identify and respond to the social risk factors associated with crime and the impact of crime.

The tangible outcomes have been:

  • the creation of a sustainable referral partnership between police and the social support sector.
  • the potential reduction in recidivism.
  • satisfaction from police and support agencies with the SupportLink e referral system.

It is anticipated that once SupportLink is established beyond trial and when family violence referrals are included, we will see a significant reduction on recidivism as per evaluation outcomes in Queensland.

This project was targeted at underpinning whole communities, targeting persons engaged by police who were presenting with risk factors associated to either the development of criminal pathways, vulnerability to crime (ie neighbourhood escalating to crime) or those affected by crime (victims).

Contact: Tony Campbell

Home Safety Program

Award: Certificate of Merit

ACT Policing refer clients to the Home Safety Program (HSP) via the online SupportLink Referral Management System. The HSP has three levels of intervention:

  • Comprehensive home security/safety information packs are distributed to households following a burglary, attempted burglary or for other home safety issues.
  • Home security/safety assessments are conducted on ‘high-risk’ households.
  • Minor works can then be carried out on homes that have been assessed as ‘high risk’ at no cost to the resident—items installed include window locks, key safes, fire blankets, smoke detectors.

Funding is provided by the ACT Government (Justice and Community Safety Directorate). The program is designed to assist ‘at-risk’ households and vulnerable individuals improve the security of their home while endeavouring to minimise other preventable risks such as fire or injury caused by falls. Outcomes include:

  • households are well informed about home security/safety measures;
  • security and safety of households is increased; and
  • there is a reduction in the fear of crime.

The HSP is open to all ACT residents, however, program capacity can accommodate approximately 2,000 HSP Information packs per annum, 200 home security/safety assessments and 150 minor works per annum.

People affected by the HSP are predominantly victims of crime (burglary). A significant portion are 55 yrs and older, people living in ‘high-risk’ neighbourhoods, people with a disability and women.

Contact: Glenn Cullen

Five projects received Meritorious Police Certificates

Domestic Violence Web Link

Award: Meritorious Police Certificate

The project established a website known as DV Web Link. It is a ‘one stop shop’ to assist people involved with Domestic and Family Violence (D&FV). The site provides essential D&FV information, resources and a directory of support services throughout Queensland, which was previously unavailable as agencies worked in isolation or small local clusters. Agencies are easily located by area and users provided with contact details, services offered and links.

This project targets the gap between at-risk persons (victims, family members and perpetrators) and accessing information and support. Often at-risk persons are reluctant to overtly seek out or locate services, are unaware of services or are reluctant to initiate contact due to barriers. A significant aim was to provide at-risk persons involved with D&FV with a safe and discrete method of seeking assistance.

This project has also proved to be an extremely useful resource for service providers and has facilitated a collaborative partnership between all D&FV support agencies statewide by enabling inter-agency contact and referral.

Contact: Sergeant Ashley Dubbleman

Juvenile Clean-up Program

Award: Meritorious Police Certificate

The JCuP provides an alternative restorative service for Juvenile Justice Teams (JJTs) when dealing with young persons who are first-time or low-level graffiti offenders. It is felt that applying a timely consequence to offending behaviour will help provide an appropriate corrective experience for the young person, the possibility to restore (as best as practicable) the damage experienced by the victim and reduce the current perception of leniency or tolerance towards graffiti crime.

The program provides an environment in which program participants undertake restorative activities one-on-one in the presence of an appropriate adult role model, providing insight into the effects of graffiti vandalism within their community, the costs involved in its removal and to repair some of the damage caused either by the young person or other graffiti offenders.

Police statistics reveal that those young offenders who have completed the program have not been apprehended for further graffiti offences.

Contact: Keryn Reid, Project Manager for Graffiti Team, WA Police


Award: Meritorious Police Certificate

GraffOff serves as a proactive policing strategy that seeks to provide restorative justice to young graffiti offenders. Participants are referred to the program through a number of avenues and are required to actively participate in the removal of unwanted/illegal graffiti within the Local Area Command (LAC). GraffOff is a joint initiative between Lake Illawarra LAC and PCYC, which primarily seeks to reduce, educate and divert participants from further graffiti offences. The program runs monthly and due to its success, has been extended to include additional days with community volunteers such as young people at risk and Links to Learning. This, along with positive feedback received through the Command’s Facebook page, reflects how GraffOff has been instrumental in building community engagement.

Significantly, since implementation, the LAC has recognised 91 percent of participants have not reoffended and a 50 percent reduction in graffiti reports. Furthermore, audits of commonly targeted areas are seeing little to no reoccurrence.

Contact: Senior Constable Ben Walsh

Central Coast Integrated Domestic Violence Response—Central Coast Area Domestic Violence Integrated Case management and Education and Brisbane Water and Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Commands’ Domestic Violence Teams

Award: Meritorious Police Certificate

Central Coast Area Domestic Violence Integrated Case Management and Education (CC ADVICE) is a team of eight, co-located with police domestic violence (DV) teams in Brisbane Water and Tuggerah Lakes commands. Teams work collaboratively to respond to and reduce the incidence of DV. They provide an effective response to DV involving investigating reported DV incidents, targeting high-risk/repeat DV offenders, and referral and case management of victims of DV.

CC ADVICE is funded by NSW FACs, Community Services. NSW Police funds the Brisbane Water and Tuggerah Lakes DV teams.

Outcomes in 2012 included 358 case managed/coordinated clients and1,353 info/referral clients. A total of 1,129 referrals were received from police. Long-term goals are to reduce the incidence of DV. The Central Coast is in the top five highest incidents local area commands in New South Wales and in 2012, there were 6,549 reported incidents of DV. Education and awareness initiatives target the wider population.

This project impacts on victims or potential victims of DV and perpetrators or potential perpetrators of DV.

Contact: Leeanne Livens

South Coast Local Service Area youth engagement program

Award: Meritorious Police Certificate

The South Coast Crime Prevention Section works to reduce youth crime and youth victimisation through education and positive engagement. Unfortunately, due to finite resourcing, interactions with schools were ad hoc and significant numbers of young people were not engaged. This project is designed to engage all Year 10 students within the South Coast Local Service Area (LSA), in a sustainable, cost-effective way.

Each year, LSA schools, in consultation with SAPOL, select a contemporary crime prevention topic (previous topics have discussed serious injury crashes, drugs and alcohol, graffiti and identifying local crime issues). Classroom-based presentations are made by SAPOL to all Year 10 classes and schools coordinate the compulsory submission of assessable essays or a multimedia project. This component ensures that even the least motivated student reflects on the issue, displays an understanding and offers solutions.

Tangible outcomes:

  • Increased interactions within schools have greatly improved our ability to communicate with teachers, admin staff and students. This has enhanced our ability to effectively respond to emerging issues, the most recent being sexting.
  • Each year, at least 1,200 Year 10 students are engaged and submit essays or multimedia projects on contemporary crime/welfare issues.
  • Students are given an opportunity, in a non-threatening environment, to communicate issues that are of concern to them.

Selected students make presentations to NHW groups to discuss their crime-prevention ideas and assist in breaking down barriers between young people and the elderly.

Contact: Senior Sergeant First Class Gordon Little