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NSW police recognised for project to revitalise Hamilton South

Media release

23 November 2016

New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) project ‘Revitalising Hamilton South’ 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.

Revitalising Hamilton South is a collaborative project which aims to better coordinate and integrate service delivery to one of the largest housing estates in New South Wales.  

Local Area Commander Newcastle City Police, Superintendent John Gralton, said the project evolved after initially being a police-led operation but soon after was transformed into in a whole-of-government action plan that brought together services from across government.  

“There are a large number of vulnerable residents, including those with complex support needs that live in Hamilton South,” said Superintendent Gralton.

“When facing issues of anti-social behaviour, crime and vandalism, police can’t simply arrest their way out of the problem—it’s important we work with other services to provide a holistic response to vulnerable communities.  Working together, we aimed at restoring some harmony for the people of Hamilton South.”

Superintendant Gralton said that the winning of an ACVPA will provide those who have worked on the project with some much-deserved recognition and is a great way to celebrate the results achieved to date.

“I’m very proud of the project team collectively—but particularly proud of those 'on the ground' from a number of agencies—a real cross section of government and non-government agencies—who have worked so hard to make a real and lasting difference to lives of the people of Hamilton South.”

“The feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly positive and we’ve come a long way in not just reducing crime but also in creating harmony and restoring community confidence.  Our work is not complete—and we are committed to continuing the project for some time yet to realise more wins for the community of Hamilton South. ”

This year, the ACVPA celebrates its 25th year of rewarding outstanding community-based crime and violence prevention projects

“The project was recognised by the ACVPAs as it is a model of good policing liaison and engagement with a vulnerable, high needs and high risk area of the community to address violence and anti-social behaviour,” 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.

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