South West District Blue Light Shearing today received a bronze 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.
Queensland Police Service Acting Superintendent Paul Hart said the project was started to curb and prevent offending behaviour.
“In a time when jobs are difficult to find, the South West District Blue Light Shearing project has provided much needed skills and hope to young people in the south west, affording them work in one of the few industries that has future growth prospects,” Acting Superintendent Hart said.
“The program has already diverted many young people away from offending and violent behaviour and given them hope for the future,” he added.
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 South West District Blue Light Shearing project is an effective initiative targeting young people at risk or involved in the youth justice system.
“It is an innovative project that brings new opportunity and hope to at-risk youth, by providing transferable skills and a pathway for employment, which can have a powerful, positive influence on the participants,” 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.
Superintendent David Tucker of the Queensland Police Service said recognition of practical projects such as this one demonstrates that crime and violence prevention comes in many forms. Teaching life and work skills provides great opportunities for young people.
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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