NSW Police helps advance multiculturalism

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From L To R: Matt Kean MP, Nick Kaldas (Deputy Commissioner NSW Police), Hakan Harman (CRC CEO), Minister Dominello, Andrew Scipione (Commissioner, NSW Police) and Vic Alhadeff (CRC Chair)

Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello today recognised the NSW Police Force  for  its outstanding performance in the delivery of programs and services for multicultural communities.

Speaking at the launch of the  Community Relations Commission’s  (CRC)  Report 2013 ”“Advancing Multiculturalism in NSW  ”“ Mr Dominello  praised NSW Police for its focus on effective and sustainable community engagement.

“The report shows the NSW Police’s  Multicultural Policies and Services Program  (MPSP)  is highly advanced and  integrated with community policing and crime prevention strategies. It is one, outstanding example in the report of the Government’s multicultural principles in action.

“Additional  Multicultural Community Liaison Officers have been recruited to support international students and new migrant communities.  The NSW Police  also  has a number of innovative crime prevention tools to support multicultural communities.

“Initiatives include  a  Weibo account  to provide  information  to  Chinese  international students and  Eyewatch, an online neighbourhood watch program,” Mr Dominello said.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione  said  the  strategies  were  designed to broker harmonious relations and sustainable engagement.

“I am proud of all the work we are doing with multicultural communities  to show that their safety and security is our priority. We have been able  to restore confidence and transform our relationship with international students.

“The  We are You  program, run by  Fairfield LAC,  is a great example of how we have  built a strong connection with migrant communities,”  Commissioner  Scipione said.

CRC  Chairperson, Vic Alhadeff said  the  NSW Police demonstrated its capacity to bring together culturally diverse communities following an incident which had the potential to create community disharmony in Blacktown earlier this year.

“The  NSW Police has played a pivotal role in defusing tensions  in the area  and,  together  with the CRC,  is continuing  to  work  with community leaders  to maintain harmony by fostering mutual respect and understanding.   We applaud the police force for its proactive and constructive approach.” Mr Alhadeff said.

The CRC Report 2013 ”“Advancing Multiculturalism in NSW  can be found at:  http://web2.crc.nsw.gov.au/CRR2013


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