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29 November 2018

Stay Safe in our State—advice for international students project recognised for providing safety and crime prevention information to students.

‘Stay Safe in our State—advice for international students’ project 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.

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer Rima Elhage said the project was developed by the Wollongong Police District to provide safety and crime prevention information in a digital format that was sustainable and easy to distribute.

“Our target group is international students, as they may not seek help if they have a different style of policing in their home countries,” Ms Elhage said.

“It is important for us to promote that NSW Police are approachable and ready to help and our priority is the safety and well-being of students regardless of where they are from.

“The video aims to break down barriers of mistrust in police and fear of losing university support, while providing tips on safety and crime prevention and most importantly how to get assistance when required.

 “To see it grow from a local resource to a state-wide strategy utilised by the NSW Police Force and international students has been very rewarding.

“Receiving this prestigious award is an honour and affirms that the video is an important tool and will allow us to continue promoting it as a useful educational resource across the state for international students and the community.”

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 project raises important awareness of safety and crime prevention amongst international students in New South Wales.

“International students are at increased risk of victimisation compared with the local population, but they may not know how to access help when required,” Mr Phelan said.

“As students learn more about personal safety and crime prevention, there is an increased likelihood that they will actively participate within the community and this will help to break down barriers and address misconceptions that may exist on both sides,” he added.

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.

Youth and Crime Prevention Commander, Superintendent David Roptell said NSW Police are always looking for ways to build trust within the student community.

“Our officers are dedicated to fostering positive relationships with all international students, and this is yet another example of the ongoing commitment police have in maintaining and developing that mutual understanding, trust and respect,” said Superintendent Roptell

“This is a unique initiative developed by the Wollongong Police District that provides essential safety messages for those who may be new to the community.”

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.

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


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Last updated
29 November 2018