CRIME PREVENTION 2011 AND BEYOND

A FORUM OF KEY PERSONNEL FROM THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION
ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
 


Delegates to the 2011 Crime Prevention and Beyond Forum


Between 23 - 26 January, 2011 the Australian Crime Prevention Council (ACPC) convened a forum of key personnel from several jurisdictions in the Region who met, learned what each was doing, shared experiences, and planned strategies with a view to establishing a network of people interested in criminal justice, crime and conflict prevention, and community and regional safety.
The Forum enabled allow key agencies in policing, criminal justice, corrections, prisons, mental health services, voluntary groups, and criminology to draw on each other’s experiences and initiatives and to provide future directions for crime prevention.
The Forum was sponsored by Tabcorp, Lisle Security Consultants Co Ltd, the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, Coopers Brewery, Outcare and the Sydney Institute of Criminology


It was attended by delegates from overseas including Mr Tan Kian Hoon and Ms Whei Chern Ho (Singapore) Professor Adrianus Meliala (Indonesia) Mr Yuri Chih and Dr Tai Chun-cheng Bruce (Taiwan) Tan Sri Datuk Seri Lam Thye, Datuk Fuad Talib and Mr Raflly Nann (Malaysia) Pg Mohd Haji Abu Bakar and Haji Mohd Hassan Pehin Penyurat Haji Admad (Brunei) Chief Justice Wichai Eua Angkanakul, Justice Chiranit Havanond and Justice Pongdej Wanichkittikul (Thailand) Senior Superintendent Ken Reed and Chief Inspector Nick Sheppard (Hong Kong) Mr Jim Lisle (Macau SAR) Major General Vikram Madan (India) and Mr Tony Lake (New Zealand)


 Overseas Delegates at the Forum

Australian delegates included Admiral Chris Barrie AC (President of ACPC), Dr Jenny Cartwright (Australian Federal Police) Ms Melissa Conely Tyler (National Executive Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs) Mr Stewart Cross (Crimtrac) Professor Paul Fairall and Professor Rick Sarre (Uni SA) Professor Peter Grabosky (ANU) , Dr Adam Tomison and Adjunct Professor Peter Homel (Australian institute of Criminology) Professor Purnendra Jain and Associate Professor Felix Patrikeeff (University of Adelaide) Mr Michael O’Connell (World Society of Victimology) Mr Damian Powell (Australian Crime Commission) Mr Steve Batterham (Neighbourhood Watch Australia) Mr Tony Waters (Victim Support Service), representatives of the South Australian Police and Adelaide City Council, and ACPC members / representatives Master Peter Norman OAM , Associate Professor Michael Benes, Ms Gordana Blazevic, Mr Adam Bodzioch, Mr Ray Carroll, Mr Garner Clancey, Professor Jenny Fleming, Mr Leigh Garrett Mr John Murray, Ms Helen Nichols , Judge Andrew Wilson and Ms Deborah Wright
The Forum was opened by Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC, Governor of South Australia, and a keynote address was given by SA Police Commissioner Mal Hyde AO.
Over four days the delegates met, and reported on the crime/conflict situation in their countries and shared experiences, concentrating especially on crime prevention strategies which were regarded as successful or promising.


On the final day of the Forum the delegates held a detailed discussion, reached a consensus of resolutions, and drafted a Communique.
The delegates acknowledged the work of the organising committee of the ACPC in organising the Forum and congratulated them on the success of the Forum. They were strongly in favour of the overall theme of the Forum that crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility. The Forum reaffirmed the value of a regional network as a means of promoting the exchange of information, initiatives, and strategies relevant to crime prevention.


The Governor of South Australia, Rear Admiral Scarce and ACPC Chairman, Admiral Chris Barrie AC, arrive at the Forum


It recognised the value of collaborating across international boundaries with a particular focus on learning, coordination, reporting on initiatives and networking, and highlighted the value of regional engagement as a means of communication and evaluating crime prevention programs. It invited delegates to consider ways of contributing to a regional approach to crime prevention, particularly mindful of the growing significance of terrorism, transnational organised crime including human trafficking.
The possibility of a regional autonomous crime prevention council with multilateral participation was considered as a desirable long term goal, although issues relating to representation and resources were postponed for future discussion possibly at a further Forum. In this context it was acknowledged that some countries did not have commensurate crime prevention bodies. The Forum was encouraged to assist and support the development of such bodies.
Some delegates emphasised the importance of programs aimed at the elderly, youth, and especially within schools, cybercrime, and the crime prevention through environmental design as well as evidence based research and evaluation of crime prevention programs, and the possibility of restorative justice initiatives.
The Forum invited members to consider ways of integrating their existing crime prevention functions into the broader activities of the Forum. The importance of web based pathways as a communication and evaluation tool was particularly important.
The Forum followed a previous Forum organized by ACPC held at Townsville in October 2007 and attended by delegates from Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Fiji Islands, Samoa and New Zealand which had similar objectives, establishing a network of those living in the Asia pacific region and interested in crime prevention and community safety
A full report on the Forum is in preparation.

Opening of the Forum
The Forum was opened by His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC, Governor of South Australia. In his speech, His Excellency said that criminal behaviour was increasingly oblivious of international boundaries, that collaboration across jurisdictions was an important key to successful detection and prevention, and that the collegiate approach demonstrated by the convening of the Forum and delegates coming together was a good indicator that constructive and cooperative approaches would be found. He noted that the objectives of the Forum were to identify the most effective crime prevention strategies in contemporary society, and to communicate these, and said that this was a field where factual information often failed to compete with the apparent lust for sensationalism. He remarked that managing the perceptions of politicians and their constituencies was a major challenge, but one with which ACPC needed to grapple.
He concluded that the Forum’s findings and recommendations would be based on the methodical analysis of hard data and trends, and on reference to strategies which had been rigorously evaluated. If these messages were well-founded and consistent, he said, they would be powerful.

Click on the following link for the full text of the Governor’s speech
Governor of South Australia Speech

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