Barwon LAC to host information sessions with Aboriginal communities

Police from Barwon Local Area Command (LAC) will this week host information sessions to discuss ways police and Aboriginal people can work together to create stronger, safer communities.

The information sessions will take place within Barwon LAC, in the state’s north-west, between Tuesday (16 August 2016), and Thursday (18 August 2016) this week.

The sessions are being conducted as part of the NSW Police Aboriginal Strategic Direction (2012 – 2017), which is a blueprint for how LACs engage and interact with Aboriginal communities.

This policy aims to build strong relationships between police and Aboriginal people, and deliver meaningful outcomes for their local communities.moreepolicestation_760x428

It has four key priority areas: to ensure community safety; improve communication and understanding between police and Aboriginal people; reduced involvement and improved safety of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system; and Aboriginal youth offending.

“Over the coming months, we are hosting information sessions at more than 40 commands across NSW to enhance community knowledge about the Aboriginal Strategic Direction,” NSW Police Force Corporate Spokesperson on Aboriginal Issues, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, said.

“It’s not the first time we have reached out to Aboriginal communities about the policy; we held a similar round of community-engagement activities in 2012 and 2013.

“However, we are taking this opportunity to revisit Aboriginal communities across the state – including within Barwon LAC – to reinforce the powerful ways in which police and Aboriginal people can work together to build stronger, safer communities,” he said.

“As the Aboriginal Strategic Direction is up for review next year, we will also be seeking input on how we can forge even more productive partnerships between police and Aboriginal people in the future,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

Representatives from the NSW Police Aboriginal Co-ordination Team will run the information sessions, which are taking place within Barwon LAC at the following locations and subsequent times:

Tuesday 16 August 2016

9.30am: Local Aboriginal Land Council (96 Barwon Street, Narrabri)

11.30am: Wee Waa Public School (41 Cowper Street, Wee Waa)

Wednesday 17 August 2016

9.30am: Dhiiyaan Centre (Corner of Balo and Albert Streets, Moree)

Thursday 18 August 2016

9.30am: Miyay Birray Centre (48 Bucknall Street, Mungindi)

2pm: The Older Butcher Shop (Merriwa Road, Boggabilla)

4pm: Toomelah Local Aboriginal Land Council (Lot 25, Tucka Tucka Road, Toomelah)