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Project Booyah recognised for their transformative early intervention program

Media release

23 November 2016

Project Booyah 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.

“Project Booyah is a Queensland Police Service-led (QPS) early intervention that addresses participant’s disengagement from their family, community and education,” explained Detective Senior Sergeant Ian Frame.

“Early intervention and improved relations with police and authority is an important step in helping to eliminate anti-social tendencies, improve health, education and employment opportunities and reduce crime and incarceration rates of young people,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Frame.

“We are extremely humbled to be a recipient of such a prestigious award and look forward to sharing this with all the hardworking QPS/PCYC staff involved in Project Booyah, that continue to change the lives of numerous young people on a daily basis,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Frame.
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.

“Project Booyah is proving to be a highly successful initiative, continuing to achieve wonderful outcomes due to the passionate and dedicated staff who work on the project and engage with the community to help ‘at risk’ young people seek sustainable change,” said Assistant Commissioner Paul Stewart, Queensland Police Service.

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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