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SA police’s Operation Nomad recognised for preventing bushfire arson

Media release

23 November 2016

South Australia Police’s (SAPOL) Operation Nomad today received a bronze 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.

Operation Nomad aims to reduce and prevent bushfire arson in South Australia through education, raising community awareness and encouraging the reporting of suspicious behaviour.

Senior Sergeant Joanne Howard from SAPOL’s State Community Engagement Section said she was very proud of the community engagement Operation Nomad has achieved through using non-traditional campaign messaging.

“Operation Nomad has led to an overall reduction in suspicious and deliberate fires and an increase in reporting of offences,” Senior Sergeant Howard said.

“Receiving an ACVPA is an excellent achievement for our team and recognises the great work done as well as an effective partnership approach. Operation Nomad is a prime example of crime prevention and enforcement techniques working hand in hand to deliver significant results to keep our community safe.”
This year, the ACVPA celebrates its 25th year of rewarding outstanding community-based crime and violence prevention projects.

“This project was recognised by the ACVPAs as it targets the important issue of bushfire arson, using a collaborative approach to identify suspicious behaviours, fires or activity, that has seen a reduction in arson incidents and increased community awareness,” 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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