Queensland Police Service (QPS) Gold Coast Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce today received a gold award in the police-led category of the 2018 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).
The ACVPA recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.
QPS Gold Coast Police District Detective Inspector, Marc Hogan said the taskforce was formed in 2016 following several homicides involving domestic and family violence on the Gold Coast.
“A new environment emerged, requiring new techniques,” Detective Inspector Hogan said.
“Since its establishment, the taskforce has demonstrated QPS innovation and community leadership in developing new relationships, programs, practices and strategies which have delivered substantial improvements in safety for our most vulnerable.
“Our high-level professional services are meeting the needs and expectations of victims of violence and homicides have been prevented.”
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.
Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Michael Phelan APM said the innovative approach of the program has prevented deaths and substantially reduced domestic and family violence incidences.
“The Gold Coast Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce recognises previous limitations, barriers and failures and works towards developing a true understanding of the adaptive change required for dealing with very complex community challenges,” Mr Phelan said.
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 AIC Director.
South Eastern Police Region Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins said work like this is at the heart of policing and a cornerstone of what police officers do to protect our community.
“These awards are important and we as a police service are supportive of them because they recognise and validate the good work that Gold Coast Police have been doing with Domestic and Family Violence and keeping our community safe for all,” Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins said.
The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management.
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