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St George Youth Engagement Program recognised for policing and liaison in a remote Indigenous community

Media release

19 October 2017

The St George Youth Engagement Program today received a bronze award in the police-led category of the 2017 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPAs recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.
Senior Sergeant Paul Tabrett, Officer in Charge, said the program intends to improve school attendance and reduce youth crime.

“Our project engages with ‘at risk’ youth to improve their self esteem, create a sense of purpose, and to generate a learning culture by providing life skills and exercises for personal development.

“We are a small community, but we quickly came to the realisation that our program was actually making a difference and changing lives, and could see the fruits of our labour started taking shape. As such, it became apparent that we needed to let people know what we were doing.

“To be recognised on a national level has invigorated the entire team. It's acknowledging all the long hours, planning and development that we have invested into the program.  For our community and project to be recognised in this way, is ground breaking, “said Senior Sergeant Tabrett.

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.

“The St George Youth Engagement Program is a strong example of community-based policing and liaison in a remote Indigenous community,” said acting Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Nicole Rose PSM.

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 acting AIC Director.

Queensland ACVPA Board representative, Superintendent David Tucker, said the St George Youth Engagement Program is a resilience and personal development program targeting at-risk youth from within the St George and surrounding area. 

“The St George Youth Engagement Program is a highly successful initiative which is creating sustainable positive changes for at-risk young people,” Superintendent Tucker said.

“Programs like these demonstrate the Queensland Police Service’s commitment to ensuring that education is accessible to all young Queenslanders, enabling them to actively contribute 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 Law, Crime and Community Safety Council

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