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Queensland Fixated Threat Assessment Centre recognised for proactively addressing the threat of “fixated persons”

Media release

19 October 2017

Queensland Fixated Threat Assessment Centre today received a gold award in the police-led category of the 2017 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPAs recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

“Since it began in 2013, the Queensland Fixated Threat Assessment Centre, a joint Queensland Police Service and Forensic Mental Health Service early intervention initiative, has managed over 630 cases,” said Queensland Police Service Detective Superintendent Roger Lowe.

“The project provides proactive identification, risk assessment and intervention for fixated individuals who have an obsessive preoccupation with a public figure or office holder, facilitating tailored interventions including mental health service referrals, to reduce the risk of grievance fuelled violence and harm to public figures, the community, themselves and their families.

“The Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award is very important to the team at the Queensland Fixated Threat Assessment Centre, as it recognises their significant achievements in reducing violence through early interventions, and assisting people at times of crises. 

“Winning this Award additionally provides a platform to share nationally the opportunity and possibilities of the joint agency model of information sharing and cooperative strategies,” said Detective Superintendent Lowe.

These annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.

“The Queensland Fixated Threat Assessment Centre represents an evidence-based response to the prevention of violent crime that, while relatively low in incidence, can have potentially very serious consequences,” said acting Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Nicole Rose PSM.

“The collaborative program is adding value to a new area of crime prevention and research, with significant national security implications.”

All projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service, and chaired by the acting AIC Director.

Queensland ACVPA Board representative, Superintendent David Tucker, said that fixated individuals and potential lone actor terrorists with mental illnesses can have a significant impact on the community.

“It is not possible to predict the future actions of these individuals, but identifiable early warning behaviours offer the opportunity for crime prevention through intervention,” said Superintendent Tucker.

“The joint agency Queensland Fixated Threat Assessment Centre is a nation leading program that has delivered significant achievements and successes in delivering a safer community.”

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.

To learn more about the 2017 Gold ACVPA winners, watch this video.

For more information about the award winners, visit www.aic.gov.au/acvpa

To view the latest crime and justice statistics visit www.crimestats.aic.gov.au

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