Team builds relationships
This week’s edition relates to a strategy Kimberley police have implemented to build productive working relationships between police and the community to cut crime.
The Broome police community engagement team is led by Sergeant Puertollano, a local Yawuru/Bardi man, and supported by a team of dedicated community relations officers and youth crime intervention officers.
Aboriginal officers within WA Police have provided significant contributions to enhancing and maintaining strong effective relationships in the community. These officers also play a major role in educating non-Aboriginal officers about Aboriginal culture to ensure effective policing in Broome.
This initiative allows all officers to be welcomed to country and immersed in local culture, giving them a greater understanding of Broome’s history and the Kimberley’s Aboriginal culture.
Sgt Puertollano delivers a comprehensive and informative cultural awareness training package which has been extremely effective.
He and community relations officers Viv Hunter and Monica Lee are local to Broome and invaluable to the Broome police community engagement objectives. All officers have a strong passion for community engagement and the development of effective partnerships with other key stakeholders.
Our goal as a working group is to provide suitable programs with achievable outcomes to Broome youth and vulnerable community members to achieve reductions in reported crime and antisocial behaviour while creating a safe and attractive place for young people.
Broome police are working closely with PCYC to re-establish the Broome PCYC. Renovations to the site on Scott Street will start soon and it is anticipated it will be fully operational again, bigger and better than ever. This will provide a safe environment for youth to attend to promote and encourage youth development, create a safer and more harmonious environment and reduce antisocial behaviour.
The venue will facilitate participation in sport, recreational, cultural and community programs with an aim to encourage young people to achieve their best in life.
Broome PCYC is running an extremely effective Alternate Life Skill Centre which caters for identified offending youth and youth at risk who will be able to participate in alternative learning pathways to enhance their opportunities to perform work experience and become competitive applicants for gainful employment.