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1800 Police Duress Alarms recognised for their innovative approach to combat domestic violence

Media release

23 November 2016

1800 Police Duress Alarms 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.

“The 1800 Police Duress Alarm application was specifically designed to meet Western Australia Police requirements in providing an avenue of immediate attention to those most vulnerable in our community who are subject to violent domestic situations,” explained Western Australia Police Sergeant Steven Wright.

“The victim's mobile phone is programmed with a dedicated 1800 number. When dialled, the call is prioritised over and above any other incoming 000 calls,” said Sergeant Wright.

“One of the benefits of winning the ACVPA is the ability to bring the 1800 police duress alarm project to the attention of other police services at a national level as a means of further enhancing the ability to better respond to acts of domestic violence,” explained Sergeant Wright.
This year, the ACVPA celebrates its 25th year of rewarding outstanding community-based crime and violence prevention projects.

“This program was recognised for its innovative approach to dealing with the nationally significant issue of family and domestic violence, aiming to reduce the incidence of domestic violence,” 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 ACVPA is a fantastic opportunity for police and community to take time to reflect on our efforts over the past year and celebrate our successes in the prevention of crime and violence. This year, like the years before, has showcased great innovation as a result of which our communities are being made safer. Congratulations to all who took part and to those who received awards,” said ACVPA Board member, Superintendent Mark Gilbert, Western Australia Police.

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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