Woody makes his mark

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Su­sanne Reilly

AF­FEC­TION­ATELY known as Woody, Se­nior Abo­rig­i­nal Po­lice Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer Harold

Humes is one man who works tire­lessly for the chil­dren of WA. He has been named a fi­nal­ist in the Po­lice and Emer­gency Ser­vices cat­e­gory of the Con­sta­ble Care Child Safety Foun­da­tion’s Child Safety Awards 2015 for his work with

at risk youth.

HAROLD ‘ Woody’ Humes has ded­i­cated more than two decades to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to young peo­ple’s lives.

The South East Metropoli­tan Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Unit Se­nior Abo­rig­i­nal Po­lice Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer (APLO) has worked for WA Po­lice for 22 years and is ded­i­cated to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of im­pres­sion­able young Abo­rig­i­nal and in­dige­nous chil­dren, to equip them with life skills for a brighter fu­ture.

He has been named as a fi­nal­ist in the Po­lice and Emer­gency Ser­vices cat­e­gory of the Child Safety Awards 2015, an­nounced by the Con­sta­ble Care Child Safety Foun­da­tion.

“It’s a sur­prise but it is good to be recog­nised,” he said.

In his role, Woody recog­nised the need for young Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents to have guid­ance and sup­port from men­tors in the com­mu­nity and set up the Youth at Risk Bush Walk­ing Pro­gram.

It was de­signed to en­cour­age young stu­dents, par­tic­u­larly boys, to at­tend and be­have at school.

The pro­gram re­wards those stu­dents who are nom­i­nated, due to their good be­hav­iour, to at­tend a bush walk with Woody and other Abo­rig­i­nal role mod­els.

“They love it… and I en­joy do­ing it,” he said.

He said it was de­signed to equip them with sur­vival skills as well as of­fer them male role mod­els.

“A lot of these young peo­ple don’t have a male role model so we act in that role,” he said.

“The look on their faces is great.”

The pro­gram was adopted by sev­eral lo­cal schools and due to the suc­cess is be­ing ex­tended this year to in­clude fur­ther schools in the dis­trict.

Grow­ing up on a mis­sion, Woody has a goal to reach dis­en­fran­chised youth and to help them have a bet­ter life.

The Con­sta­ble Care nom­i­na­tion is not the first time Woody has been recog­nised for his work.

He was awarded the Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Award in the 2014 Naidoc Perth Awards for his work on the Drive to the Fu­ture train­ing pro­gram.

The Drive to the Fu­ture pro­gram helps young peo­ple to get their learner’s per­mit.

Con­sta­ble Care Child Safety Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive David Grib­ble said the awards played an im­por­tant role in high­light­ing the on­go­ing need for child safety ini­tia­tives across the state.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to Harold and all the fi­nal­ists in the awards,” he said.

“This year we were blown away with the qual­ity of the en­tries.

“The com­mit­ment by some in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions to help chil­dren and young peo­ple is as­tound­ing and very ad­mirable.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d439494

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Se­nior Abo­rig­i­nal Po­lice Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer Harold ‘Woody’ Humes.

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