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Braking the Cycle recognised for helping disadvantaged youth gain their drivers licenses and reducing traffic-related crime

Media release

19 October 2017

Braking the Cycle today received a silver 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.

“Braking the Cycle provides disadvantaged learner drivers with the opportunity to obtain safe driver education through the support of a volunteer mentor network,” said Police Citizens Welfare Association Queensland Program Manager, Bernie O’Regan.  

“Participating learners achieved improved job readiness and marketability to employers, as well an improved sense of self-worth. The program also promotes crime prevention and diversion from unlicensed driving and a reduction in traffic offences and crime.

“Winning this prestigious Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award is a great benefit to our Program as it highlights our key objective of crime prevention through effective diversion tactics specifically directed towards high risk groups,” said Mr O’Regan.

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.

“Braking the Cycle is an innovative approach that targets disadvantaged youth including Indigenous people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities and those who have been unemployed long term at risk of victimisation or offending,” said acting Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Nicole Rose PSM.

“The program has helped to reduce traffic-related crime and accidents for young people which has flow on effects for the whole community and also functions as a great youth diversion activity.”

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 PCYC’s Braking the Cycle is a world-class program designed to help young people along that road.

“Braking the Cycle aims to not only empower young people to get their licence, but also to break the cycle of welfare, unemployment, and anti-social behaviour,” Superintendent Tucker said.

“By investing in young motorists before they obtain their licence, this program also helps to ensure safer drivers and safer roads for the future.”

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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