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2016 Australian Crime & Violence Prevention Awards

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ACVPA police winners

Project Booyah, Queensland, Gold award winner

Project Booyah is a Queensland Police Service led early intervention program, targeting criminogenic behaviours and attitudes of at-risk young people. Project Booyah represents an integrated program embracing a community inclusive approach which is delivering real change for young people at risk in Queensland.

This is achieved by promoting seamless service delivery across whole of government and establishing effective strategic and operational partnerships with private enterprises which hold a capacity to extend and sustain change for these young people. Aligned with evidence based best practice, it aims to holistically address a young person’s disengagement from their family, their community and education.

Project Booyah incorporates adventure based learning principles, social and skill development training, community interventions, mentoring, youth support, education and vocational scholarships to support young people and their families to build careers and vocational pathways as well as bridging their disconnect with society. Over the past four and a half years, 308 young people have graduated from the program.

Contact: Detective Senior Sergeant Ian Frame

Clean Slate Without Prejudice and Never Going Back, New South Wales, Gold award winner

The Clean Slate Without Prejudice program is a police-community engagement program based within the Redfern Local Area Command. The program is designed to reduce crime by developing strong working relationships between community members and police. The program is based on routine and discipline, targeting vulnerable and influential young Aboriginal children.

Clean Slate has been running since 2009 and consists of a boxing and fitness program at the National Indigenous Centre of Excellence gymnasium in Redfern. It also involves the active participation of community leaders and police officers from the Redfern Local Area Command.

The Never Going Back program targets Aboriginal inmates who are nearing the completion of their custodial sentences. They are collected from Long Bay Correctional Centre three times a week to attend boxing with Clean Slate Without Prejudice and receive training for employment.

Contact: Superintendent Luke Freudenstein

Policing Indigenous Youth—Achieving through adversity, Queensland, Silver award winner

The project aims to create a culture of trust between police and Indigenous youth with a view to diverting them from crime and reducing the risk of recidivism amongst the groups of offenders. The children are from as young as nine to 16 years old.

The youth and police are encouraged to interact daily through schooling, recreation and their day to day activities. Issues such as minor traffic interceptions for youth were changed from a negative contact by police to an opportunity to recognise, reward and acknowledge those doing the right thing. Awards for youth are then presented in front of their peers or large community events to reinforce their standing within their community.

Contact: Senior Sergeant Duane A. Amos

Revitalising Hamilton South—An Integrated Service Delivery Project, New South Wales, Silver award winner

Newcastle City Police initiated Operation Revitalising Hamilton South in response to many years of anti-social behaviour and crime in and around the Hamilton South housing estate. The area houses approximately 1000 residents and makes up less than one per cent of the city’s population. However, it accounts for approximately six per cent of the city’s total crime. Police initially set out to bring back harmony in support of the good people who were attempting to make the most of their life living on the estate. Whilst police had a heavy focus on proactively reducing crime, they also worked very closely with the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) Housing to target unauthorised tenants who were believed to be causing much of the trouble on the estate.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet assisted by bringing a number of other government agencies to the table. Their combined efforts under an integrated service delivery model have seen significant improvement in the residents’ overall wellbeing through reduced crime, increased safety and increased community confidence.

Contact: Superintendent John Gralton

Beach Watch, Queensland, Bronze award winner

Beach Watch aimed to harness the resources of local government, Neighbourhood Watch, Surf Lifesaving Queensland, businesses, the local community and police in a partnership aimed at reducing the incidence of crime at local beaches and surrounding car parks.

The project involved formation of a steering committee with major stakeholders, design of a unique and suitable logo that represented the program’s objectives and placement of signage along the entrance and carparks of Mooloolaba Beach. Safety audits on car parks that service the beach focused on natural surveillance enhancements and lighting. Ongoing public awareness campaigns in car parks reminded car owners to secure their vehicles. The project also involved proactive beach patrols at high risk times by local police and promotion of the objectives of Beach Watch to the community via radio, print, television and social media.

Outcomes included lifting the profile of the Neighbourhood Watch program in the surrounding area, a significant decrease in property crime from the beach and raised community awareness of reducing opportunities for crime, by securing vehicles and property.

Contact: Senior Constable Sandy Atkinson

Operation NOMAD, South Australia, Bronze award winner

Operation NOMAD is South Australia Police’s response to the threat of bushfires. It commenced in 2004 as part of the corporate planning framework and is a statewide policing operation that supports the Country Fire Service (CFS).

The key focus is to ensure:

  • a highly visible policing presence in high risk fire areas
  • zero tolerance to breaches of fire laws
  • targeting and disrupting persons of interest
  • coordinated investigations of fires.

Contact: Acting Inspector Joanne Howard

The 1800 Police Duress Alarm Register, Western Australia, Bronze award winner

The 1800 Police Duress Alarm Register is a web based application which manages and maintains a database of persons issued with a 1800 domestic violence duress alarm for use on their mobile phone. Processes linked to the application monitor Western Australia Police’s Solidus telephony which prioritises duress alarms over 000 calls for incoming alarm activations as well as activations that have been abruptly terminated (abandoned) before being presented to a 000 call taker.

1800 Police Duress Alarms can be set up and activated for use in less than five minutes, regardless of their location. On activation email alerts are immediately sent to the Police Communications Duty Inspector, State Family Violence Coordination Unit and the Victim Support Unit managing the duress alarm. The application also caters for up to three SMS alerts to be sent to nominated recipients.

Contact: Sergeant Steven Wright

ACVPA community winners

The Court Integrated Services Program, Victoria, Gold award winner

The Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) was established by the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and the Victorian Department of Justice to ensure accused people can access support and services to reduce reoffending and make communities safer.

The CISP provides an immediate and comprehensive assessment, and assists participants engage with treatment and support services aimed at stabilising them while they are on bail. The CISP links participants with support such as drug and alcohol treatment, crisis and long-term accommodation, mental health, acquired brain injury and disability services, and provides regular feedback to magistrates on the progress of each participant.

Participation in the CISP helps magistrates and the accused better understand the issues that underpin the accused’s offending and how to address those behaviours effectively. Issues associated with mental health, cognitive impairment and alcohol and other drug use are stabilised through case management-facilitated access to support. This in turn reduces the likelihood of reoffending and helps stop the ‘revolving door’ of offending.

Contact: Glenn Rutter

Blueprint for Youth Justice, Australian Capital Territory, Gold award winner

The Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT 2012-22 is a whole of government and community plan to reduce youth crime by better supporting young people. It recognises that by reducing risk factors and strengthening protective factors, the ACT community will be better equipped to keep young people safe, strong and connected. In the long term, the Blueprint seeks to achieve a community where fewer children and young people are at risk or engaged in offending, and the ACT is a safer place to live.

The Blueprint was developed in consultation with a multidisciplinary taskforce and specialists in child and adolescent psychology, trauma, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement, youth justice, education and health.

Evidence from the Blueprint’s implementation shows sustained reductions in the number of young people coming into contact with, or further involved in, the ACT youth justice system. This suggests that youth crime is being prevented, the impact of youth crime is reduced and community safety is improved.

Contact: Dr Sarah Anderson

South Asian Men’s Behaviour Change Program, Victoria, Silver award winner

Due to an increasing number of referrals of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) men, and with significant rates of family violence occurring within South Asian communities in Melbourne, the provision of culturally specific services was seen as critical by Kildonan, law enforcement agencies and other service providers.

Following consultation with the South Asian community and other service providers, Kildonan established the program with support from the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Department of Justice.

The program commenced in September 2013 and continues to be delivered to groups on a weekly basis at Kildonan’s Heidelberg office. Men can be referred to Kildonan through the court system, by DHHS or through self-referral. Kildonan provides counselling and group activities to female partners and/or former partners; and also monitors risk, addresses safety concerns and provides advice, support and referral.

Contact: Jo Howard

Start Smart, Queensland, Silver award winner

The Smart Start project began in June 2014 and grew to become one of the world’s largest preloading studies and one of the first research/engagement projects of its kind to include front line police and a focus on operational outcomes. Funded by the National Drug Strategy Law Enforcement Funding Committee, front line police and researchers from Griffith University surveyed more than 3200 people as they entered entertainment precincts in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Mackay and the Gold Coast.

The study was continued and funded again in 2015 for the “Last Drinks” phase – surveying patrons at the end of the night, linking the two projects together and resulting in more than 7500 patrons surveyed. The project resulted in high levels of positive engagement with the community, substantially changing the police/public conversation around alcohol preloading and harm.

Contact: Inspector Corey Allen

WESNET Telstra Safe Connections, Australian Capital Territory, Bronze award winner

The WESNET Telstra Safe Connections project aims to prevent technology facilitated abuse of women experiencing family violence, sexual abuse, stalking and threats. WESNET and Telstra have formed a partnership and created this national project.

It is important for victims of family violence to be empowered to have access to safe technology to help them stay connected to those who can assist them, such as supportive family, friends and support organisations.

Telstra provides new smartphones, pre-paid credit and a small information card on the safe use of technology to WESNET, which provides training and advice on technology abuse. Specialist family violence workers are trained to help women experiencing abuse assess whether her current phone may have been compromised and how she can set up the new one so that her privacy, security and safety are maintained.

Contact: Julie Oberin

Youth Justice Education and Training, Queensland, Bronze award winner

Youth Justice Education and Training (YJET) is a vital education and crime prevention program in the Moreton Bay region, South-East Queensland. YJET is primarily an alternative education program, which produces crime prevention outcomes as a by-product. Approximately 15 to 20 young people attend YJET each day to complete their school work and learn valuable social and life skills to prepare them to become contributing citizens in their local community. Their classroom is very youth-friendly and includes a pool table, ping-pong table, couches, a kitchen and laundry, tables, computers and artwork.

YJET Moreton Bay has been effectively and efficiently delivered by a collaborative partnership between Lutheran Community Care Intercept Youth and Family Service (Intercept), as lead agency; Caboolture Youth Justice Centre; Charters Towers School of Distance Education; and three local state high schools.

Contact: Lewis Kwarcianyi

Schoolies Education Program, Queensland, Bronze award winner

The Schoolies Education Program is part of the Queensland Government’s Safer Schoolies Initiative which aims to minimise harm and community disruption. It also encourages youth to engage in safe and responsible behaviour during Schoolies celebrations. The Schoolies Education Program is delivered by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services in partnership with the Queensland Police Service, with the support of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, the Department of Education and Training, Queensland Health and the Queensland Ambulance Service.

The Schoolies Education Program prepares thousands of young people to safely navigate the risks that may arise during the Schoolies holiday period. It promotes safety and responsible behaviour, raises awareness of rights and responsibilities and aims to prevent and reduce anti-social and risk taking behaviour.

Contact: Kim Daniel

Rise Above the Pack, South Australia, Bronze award winner

Rise Above the Pack is a community safety campaign delivered by YWCA Adelaide, initially funded through a Crime Prevention Grant from the South Australian Attorney General’s Department. The aim of the campaign is to increase awareness of the role that everyone can play in preventing violence against women and creating safer public spaces.

Fundamental to this campaign is the need to shift the public conversation from victim blaming to perpetrator behaviour. It also encourages men and women to challenge attitudes and behaviours that underpin violence against women, such as sexist jokes in the workplace or street harassment, through a positive bystander approach.

YWCA Adelaide engaged with community, government and business stakeholders in the development and delivery of Rise Above the Pack, and had support from key organisations such as the South Australian Police and Adelaide City Council in the rollout of the campaign.

Contact: Claire Tatyzo