Speak Up, Be Strong, Be Heard project today received a silver 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 Detective Senior Sergeant, Michael Gookier said the project was developed in response to the Preventing Youth Sexual Violence and Abuse in West Cairns and Aurukun Report.
“Speak Up, Be Strong, Be Heard aims to develop an ethos of child protection by increasing community awareness of youth sexual violence and abuse, strengthening reporting obligations and improving the overarching agency interventions to these matters within these communities,” Detective Senior Sergeant Gookier said.
“The project is led by two Indigenous police officers, which has greatly enhanced engagement and delivery with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, and also ensured the project was developed and implemented in a culturally appropriate manner.”
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 Speak Up, Be Strong, Be Heard is a whole-of-community approach to crime prevention.
‘‘By educating the whole community it empowers everyone to address the issue. The project is seeing great results and is already being delivered in neighbouring police districts,” 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, Community Contact Command said this award recognises a simple solution to a complex problem, led by police who identify with the community.
“The national recognition of this award highlights the importance community collaboration plays in preventing local crime and violence issues,” he added.
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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