On Thursday April 27, the Mount Isa District Police held an awards ceremony that acknowledged the efforts and contributions of all members across the district. The efforts of both Normanton and Doomadgee Police were recognised for their work in indigenous communities.
The Doomadgee Police who worked under Senior Sergeant Campbell often worked outside their rostered hours as part of the project to promote cross-cultural understanding in both the workplace and community.
As a result, Doomadgee Police directly assisted community members in gaining employment, trained and funded local sporting teams, organised activities to combat boredom in the community and implemented crime prevention initiatives.
The project received a highly commended certificate at the National Reconciliation Awards and by the Queensland Police Service receiving the silver award for “Fostering Innovation”.
Normanton Police Officer in Charge Acting Inspector Duane Amos and his team were dually acknowledged at the awards ceremony for their program “Policing Indigenous Youth—Achieving through Adversity” which was implemented over a 7 year period.
The project created a culture of trust between police and Indigenous youth with a view to diverting them from crime and reducing the risk of recidivism amongst the groups of offenders. The children are from as young as nine to 16-years-old. The youth and police are encouraged to interact daily through schooling, recreation and their day-to-day activities.
Issues such as minor traffic interceptions for youth were changed from a negative contact with police to an opportunity to recognise, reward and acknowledge those doing the right thing. Awards for youth were then presented in front of their peers or large community events to reinforce their standing within their community.
The program was hugely successful receiving a silver award in the police-led category of Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA). The ACVPAs recognise good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.
The silver medal was awarded for the outstanding contribution to reducing crime and violence in Normanton. The awards are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service and is chaired by the AIC Director. 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.