Team builds re­la­tion­ships

Broome Advertiser - - Opinion - Sergeant Trent Langth­orn

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.

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