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
Speakers at the Forum
Keynote speaker SA Police Commissioner Mal Hyde (2nd from left) with Malaysian delegates Sri Datuk Seri Lam Thye, Mr Raflly Nann and Datuk Fuad Talib
Speakers at the Forum included
• Singapore - Mr Tan Kian Hoon, Chairman of the National Crime Prevention Council of Singapore.
• Malaysia - Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Vice Chairman of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation.
• Taiwan- Dr Tai Chun-cheng Bruce, Deputy Director Legal affairs Taipei Economic and Cultural office in Australia
• Hong Kong SAR - Senior Superintendent Kenneth Reed
• India - Major General Vikram Madan (Rtd)
• Brunei - Senior Superintendent Roslin Bakar, Royal Brunei Police Force
• Indonesia - Professor Adrianus Meliala, Head of the Department of Criminology, University of Indonesia.
• Thailand - Justice Pongdej Wannichkittikul, Appeal Court Justice, Office of the President of the Supreme Court.
• New Zealand - Mr Tony Lake.
• Macau- Mr Jim Lisle
Other Keynote speakers at the Forum included
• Admiral Chris Barrie - President ACPC
• South Australian Police Commissioner Mal Hyde
• Professor Peter Grabosky
• Mr Stewart Cross- Deputy Director Crimtrac
• Associate Professor Peter Homel, Australian Institute of Criminology
• Mr Garner Clancey- Sydney Institute of Criminology and NSW ACPC representative
• Mr Leigh Garrett- OARS SA and South Australia ACPC representative
Keynote Address by Admiral Barrie
In Admiral Barrie’s keynote address, he said that a civil society must work hard to try and solve the ongoing gaps between the fortunate and the unfortunate in the future societal mix, and that deprivation and the disparities within society created a situation which fostered criminal activity in the young, particularly dispossessed people, potentially to their leading lives of crime. He also said that a focus of crime prevention was to reduce the certainty that any offender would re-offend once released from a correctional institution into mainstream society. He said that the internet had opened up a whole new spectrum of security issues and there was a very real possibility of criminal activity on the internet threatening the very underpinnings of our security. He also spoke of the security pressures generated by higher density living and the greater sense of disadvantage that would motivate many of the underprivileged from turning to crime.
He concluded that in crime prevention there was a distinctive network, into risk thinking, and the need to head off problems before they occurred, because the consequence was known if this was not done.
Click on the followng link for the full text of Admiral Barrie's speech.
Download a copy of Admiral Barrie's Speech
The forum was sponsored by:
Lisle Security Consultants Co Ltd
Lisle Security Consultants was incorporated in Macau in January 2008. The company specialises in managing due diligence, employee and vendor screening and integrity testing for a number of Asian, US, European and and Australian corporate clients.
Tabcorp is a successful, diversified and responsible organisation, conducting a unique combination of casino, wagering, gaming, hospitality and media activities across Australia. This event is sponsored by the Casinos Division of Tabcorp. As a diversified entertainment group, Tabcorp strives to offer a first-class entertainment experience for our customers, great opportunities for our employees, support in the community and value for our shareholders. The company’s culture embraces teamwork, integrity, performance, innovation and customer understanding.
Tabcorp manages leading customer brands in Australia, including Star City Hotel & Casino in Sydney, Jupiters Hotel & Casino on the Gold Coast, Treasury Casino & Hotel in Brisbane and Jupiters Hotel & Casino Townsville, as well as non-casino brands of TAB, Tabaret, Keno, Luxbet and TAB Sportsbet, serving millions of customers every day. Tabcorp continues to actively support many local communities with a range of donations and sponsorships for sporting groups and community services. This is on top of the company's contributions to state community benefit funds in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, which in the year to 30 June 2010 totalled $87.9 million.
Tabcorp’s three major business units of Casinos, Wagering and Gaming employ about 11,000 people in all States of Australia. The Casinos Division of Tabcorp, which operates in New South Wales and Queensland will be demerged from Tabcorp during 2011 to become its own company being made up of the substantial casino and hotel assets of Tabcorp.
Tabcorp has more than 150,000 shareholders and has a market capitalisation within the top 100 Australian companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. In the 12 months to 30 June 2010, the company generated revenue (normalised) of $4.23 billion.
Tabcorp is committed to ensuring its products are enjoyed by its customers and delivered responsibly. The company makes a significant contribution to the communities in which it operates through sponsorships, donations, provision of community services, payment of taxes and provision of entertainment.
Coopers Brewery is the nation’s only major 100% Australian-owned brewery remaining. Established in 1862 by Thomas Cooper, the company is now run by fifth generation descendants, Dr Tim Cooper, the Managing Director and Chief Brewer, and Glenn Cooper, the Chairman and Marketing Director
Its banner ‘A New Beginning’. reflects Outcare’s charter to make Western Australia a safer place to live by providing rehabilitative and supportive services for offenders, ex-offenders and their families. It does this by taking a holistic approach to crime prevention.
Outcare’s broad range of education, intervention and reform programs reduce the re-offending rate of people in conflict with the justice system and support their successful rehabilitation and re-integration into society. In turn, this leads to a safer community and lower costs associated with the justice system.
Outcare looks to the future, not at the past. It is about creating a new beginning for people and a new beginning for the community of Western Australia.
The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) is a joint initiative of all Australian governments and the insurance industry. Its mission is to drive down Australia's unacceptably high level of vehicle theft. This will benefit the economic and social well-being of the nation.
NMVTRC is are working actively with police, insurers, the motor trades, vehicle manufacturers, registration authorities and justice agencies to implement a range of theft reduction strategies. These strategies are making vehicles more difficult to steal, closing the loopholes that professional thieves exploit, improving the flow of police and registration information nationally, and leading young offenders away from vehicle theft. As the dynamics of vehicle theft invariably change over time, we remain open to new strategies.
The NMVTRC is an independent incorporated, not-for-profit, association. It commenced operation in 1999 for an initial term of five years and this term has since been extended by the Council's funding partners to the end of 2012. It reports to the Australian Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management and the Insurance Council.
Sydney Institute of Criminology
The Sydney Institute of Criminology is a research centre based in the Sydney Law School specialising in criminology, criminal justice and criminal law. It is a commercial publishing house producing the international research journal Current Issues in Criminal Justice and the Institute of Criminology book series. Institute staff teach the Masters and Graduate Diploma in Criminology at the Sydney Law School and the Institute is committed to public and professional education more broadly. Staff of the Institute advise government and private organisations on matters of crime law and policy and sit on a range of public sector committees and advisory boards.
The John Bray Law Network
The John Bray Law Network has as its objects the promotion and fostering of interaction and involvement between the University of Adelaide School of Law, its undergraduates and graduates and the friends and alumni of the University and to encourage cooperation between the Faculty and the legal profession. All graduates in law or presently or formerly enrolled students or Law School staff are members. It is named for Dr John Bray (1912-1995) who was Chief Justice of South Australia from 1967 until 1978. Dr Bray was respected throughout the common- law world as a learned reformer and jurist and was notable for his classical scholarship, poetry and wit. The Network convenes an occasional John Bray Oration and occasional public addresses. It presents Annual Book prizes at the University and has published five Books including Dr. John Emerson's "First Amongst Equals- The Lives of the Twentieth Century Chief Justices of South Australia".