Master Peter Norman and Ms Astrid Macleod attended several meetings in Asia in June- July 2015. In Jakarta they visited Professor Mardjono Reksodiputro a distinguished lawyer and Professor of Law at the University of Indonesia who holds many important offices in Indonesia . Professor Reksodiputro has been a friend of ACPC for many years and assisted in arrangements for Indonesia’s representation at the 2007 and 2011 ACPC Forums. They discussed with him opportunities for co-operation between Indonesia and Australia including future conferences and information-sharing. In Colombo they met Ms Jeeva Niriella, Head of the Department of Public and International Law of the University of Colombo, and her husband Mr Shantha Niriella, a lawyer and Notary Public. Jeeva teaches and researches Criminal Justice, Criminology, Victimology, Penology and other subjects and has established the Sri Lanka Institute of Criminology which was launched on 30 October 2015. Jeeva was briefed on ACPCs informal crime prevention network and its two international forums and she agreed to become involved and to contribute and provide an article for the 2015 Newsletter. In Kuala Lumpur Master Norman met several members of the Selangor State Liason Committee of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation, including MCPF Vice Chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and Datuk Muhammad Fuad, Secretary for the Selangor SSL Committee, hearing a presentation on crime prevention initiatives including education on this subject at schools and universities in Malaysia. Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye spoke as to the importance and value of information sharing between jurisdictions in the region. After the meeting members of the group were hosted to lunch by Tan Sri Jeffrey Chia AO, the founder of Sunway Holdings and Chairman of the MCPF SSL Liason Committee. Under his leadership, the Sunway Safe City Initiative was launched. It has proven extremely effective in combating crime.
Meeting with SA Police Minister Tony Piccollo MP
On 7 May 2015, Master Norman and Ms Macleod met SA Police Minister Tony Piccollo at Parliament House and briefed him concerning a number of the initiatives and programs discussed during the meeting with the Danish Crime Prevention Council and at an earlier meeting with a crime prevention officer from the Italian Ministry of Justice. They also provided some of the written materials received.
Meeting with SA Governor Hieu Van Le AO
On 24 July 2015 Master Peter Norman, Mr John Murray and Ms Astrid Macleod and were received at Government House SA to meet the SA Governor His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO. They briefed him of the work of the Council and provided a copy of the Council’s Newsletter.
Professor Peter Homel attended the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal in Doha, Qatar from 12-19 April 2015 which addressed the broad theme of preventing crime to build sustainable development. In his role as Principal Criminologist – Crime Prevention at the Australian Institute of Criminology, Prof Homel was accompanied by the AIC’s then Director, Dr Adam Tomison. They delivered one of the four workshops being part of the official Congress program.
Dr Garner Clancey and the Sydney Institute of Criminology hosted several events in 2015 including Crime Prevention – 2015 Master Class, Criminology through Crime Film Course, Working with Domestic Violence Offenders Training Course, the Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture delivered by Justice Virginia Bell, and Crime: Contemporary and Future Trends one-day seminar.
Associate Professor Michael Benes spent five weeks in Prague in April-May 2015 where he attended an annual social pathology conference and for the sixth time he presented the ‘Benes Award', received by students for the best post-graduate (Master or PhD) thesis in criminology/crime prevention during the previous academic year. He had sponsored a select group of Master students at Prague’s Charles University since 2006.
Ms Isabelle Bartowiak-Théron continued in her work as Senior Lecturer - School of Social Sciences’ Senior Researcher - Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, and Discipline Coordinator Police Studies in Hobart.
Mr Leigh Garrett continued his work as director of OARS Community Transitions in Adelaide and assisted ACPC by finalizing the affairs of the SA Branch.
Asst Professor Melissa Bull provided an article for the Newsletter on her involvement in three key projects.
Mr Ray Andersson provided an article for the Newsletter on Neighborhood Watch NT and on Crime Stoppers NT.
Mr Ray Carroll provided an article for the newsletter on Vehicle Theft and of the impact of changes in social or economic factors.
A 2015 Newsletter, with content from ACPC members and others, including overseas colleagues, was prepared and widely distributed.