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Victorian Government Aboriginal Affairs Report 2013
The report provides updates on progress against the areas of strategic priority and targets and measures to close the gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Victorians, as set out in the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2013 - 2018.
As well as providing an important update on progress towards closing the gaps, the 2013 Report includes information on a range of achievements during 2013, evaluations of government policies and programs, updates on departmental Aboriginal inclusion action plans and several case studies, including a focus on local-area partnerships with the Aboriginal community in Mildura and Morwell.
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Australian Government releases Evaluation of the Community Engagement Police Officers Trial Final Report
This report indicates that improvements to community safety can be achieved through police undertaking a range of community engagement activities. The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department funded a two year trial (ended 30 June 2013) of Community Engagement Police Officers (CEPOs) in eight remote Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory. The trial was implemented by NT Police. The CEPOs, who were sworn police officers, engaged in a wide range of activities that promoted relationships between the police and community members. The activities undertaken by the CEPOs varied depending on the needs and requests of the community as well as the particular skills of the officer. A comprehensive evaluation of the trial was conducted by Colmar Brunton Social Research. The evaluation assessed the impact of the CEPOs efforts and clearly identified that ‘CEPOs have been very successful across a number of measures with most [evaluation] participants feeling that CEPOs were an invaluable resource for improving community safety’. The evaluation also found that CEPOs were perceived to be most successful at: making it easier for the community to get on with the police (because of their intensive community engagement activities); helping services work better together with the police (because the CEPOs provided a consistent proactive police presence); improving safe behaviour (particularly in relation to improving school attendance; and making the community feel safer (because of the former three reasons).
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