John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    Seven awards for WA crime-fighting projects

    4/12/2007 3:30 PM

    A ‘live work’ building project in Caversham and an intensive supervision program for young criminal offenders have received national awards in the 2007 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards.

    The national award winners and five Certificate of Merit winners from Western Australia received their awards from Community Safety Minister John Kobelke during a presentation ceremony today.

    “The array of projects selected by the Australian Institute of Criminology for awards this year all incorporate well-researched crime prevention strategies, such as education, intervention, diversion and community involvement,” Mr Kobelke said.

    “In very different ways they are all contributing to community safety in WA.”

    The Caversham Training and Enterprise Centre was awarded for its work, assisting mainly Aboriginal youth to acquire construction and trade skills. The participants helped restore a once-derelict primary school building, while also learning literacy, numeracy and life skills.

    The national award was also presented to the Department of Corrective Services’ Intensive Supervision Program, which uses an internationally proven multi-system therapy model to achieve positive behaviour changes in juvenile offenders.

    The Certificate of Merit recipients were:
    • Saturday Night Hangout’ (Broome Police and Community Youth Centre);
    • Dunsborough Leavers ‘Management by Event’ 2005-06 (Office of Crime Prevention);
    • Eyes on the Street (Office of Crime Prevention);
    • Keeping Kids out of Crime (Outcare Incorporated); and
    • Pad Up and Launch (City of Gosnells)
    The Minister said all the successful WA entries demonstrated best practice approaches to preventing, deterring or reducing offending behaviour, with a particular emphasis on young people.

    The variety of WA projects recognised in this year’s awards gave credence to the idea that responsibility for crime prevention rests across all sectors.

    “Today we are congratulating people ranging from a grass-roots community and not-for-profit groups to State and Local Government agencies, and all these projects rely on collaborative partnerships across sectors,” Mr Kobelke said.

    “They all serve as a reminder that crime prevention is the everyone’s responsibility.”

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