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Two NSW police projects recognised for reducing crime in the Redfern area

Media release

23 November 2016

The Clean Slate Without Prejudice and Never Going Back projects today received a gold award in the police-led category of the 2016 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPAs recognise good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

“Our programs are really making an impact in reducing crime in the Redfern area,” said New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) Superintendent Luke Freudenstein.

Clean Slate Without Prejudice uses ‘routine and discipline’ through boxing and fitness classes as a way of keeping at risk or vulnerable youth out of trouble.

“We partner with the Tribal Warrior Association who provide mentors, with police, to run the fitness classes,” said Superintendent Freudenstein.

“The classes start at 6 am and run three days a week. Anyone can attend and we often have up to 100 participants.

“Through our Never Going Back program, we work with Aboriginal inmates who are nearing the end of their sentence. We pick them up from Long Bay Correctional Centre and they attend our boxing classes with the Clean Slate Without Prejudice attendees.

“We also provide the inmates with employment training and organise housing to ensure they have a strong support network upon their release.

“We are extremely proud of our programs and winning the ACVPA is a win for the whole Redfern community, as they contribute significantly. We are implementing effective crime prevention strategies and reducing crime rates.

“I think the Clean Slate Without Prejudice and Never Going Back programs could work across Australia.”
This year, the ACVPA celebrates its 25th year of rewarding outstanding community-based crime and violence prevention projects

“This is a collaborative and transformative early intervention program for young people at risk, utilising the skills and knowledge of government, community, health, education and university sectors,” said acting Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Chris Dawson APM.

The projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service and is chaired by the AIC Director.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council.

For more information about the award winners, visit www.aic.gov.au/acvpa

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