A revamped Noongar patrol unveiled today reinforces the State Government’s commitment to community safety in the city’s premier entertainment precincts.
Indigenous Affairs Minister John Kobelke said the teams in Fremantle, Midland and Northbridge would patrol the streets at night, working closely with business, residents and visitors to diffuse any potential problems.
“This presence will be a key strategy in ensuring a safe, family-friendly environment in major metropolitan centres, particularly during the busy Christmas holiday season” Mr Kobelke said.
“Training and extra funding will make the service more professional and ensure the patrol is equipped to recognise and manage problem areas.
"New summer and winter uniforms, with a highly visible emblem chosen by the local indigenous people, will boost the patrol’s public profile.”
The Minister said a new service agreement set strict operating guidelines, including hours of operation, patrol boundaries, duties and objectives.
The agreement gives a commitment that job-related training and qualifications can be transferred to the private sector, creating a pathway out of the Community Development and Employment Program (CDEP) for patrol workers.
The Town of Vincent is now a key partner with the Noongar Patrol and will help with training in cultural awareness and intervention techniques such as verbal judo. This training will also be offered to teams in Fremantle and Midland.
“With additional combined funding from Government and business, patrols are becoming a more sustainable community operation and the way to address local indigenous problems associated with anti-social behaviour,” Mr Kobelke said.
“That is why the State Government’s Department of Indigenous Affairs is working with communities to strengthen similar patrols in regional centres.
“The patrols offer support, advice and intervention to people who are at risk of harming themselves or others and are an integral component of the implementation of the State Government’s response to the Gordon Inquiry.
“They help identify the early warning signs of family issues, contribute to community safety and reduce contact, where possible, between Aboriginal people and the criminal justice system.
“Patrols are one tool the Gallop Government uses to enhance our unique lifestyle, protect vulnerable young people and ensure a safe environment for families.”
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