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Indigenous youth project acknowledged for reducing crime in Normanton

Media release

23 November 2016

Policing Indigenous Youth—Achieving through Adversity today received a silver 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.

The Policing Indigenous Youth project aims to create a culture of trust between police and Indigenous youth aged 9 to 16 to help divert them from crime, and reduce the risk of recidivism among offenders.

“Youth and police are encouraged to interact daily through schooling, recreation and their day to day activities,” said Senior Sergeant Duane Amos, Officer in Charge, Normanton.

“Winning the award is important recognition for the Queensland Police Service, who have been working for over five years in our community to provide youth with a pathway other than crime, through mentoring and relationship building.”
This year, the ACVPA celebrates its 25th year of rewarding outstanding community-based crime and violence prevention projects.

“The Policing Indigenous Youth project has resulted in marked reductions in youth crime, and increased attendance levels and improved behaviour at school,” said acting Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Chris Dawson APM.

“I wish the Queensland Police Service well with its efforts to develop an evidence-based framework for implementing this successful approach in other remote communities.”

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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