Twentieth National Conference: Fremantle, 2005
This was held at the Esplanade Hotel between Sunday 20 March and Tuesday 22 March 2005 Under the theme “Trends in Crime Prevention- a multi tiered approach”.
The conference was opened by the Federal Minister for Justice, Senator Ellison. Keynote speakers included Professor Tony Bottoms (by video link from London) and Mr Peter Kenyon.
The conference was attended by approximately 180 delegates, and provided a general overview of crime prevention in Australia, information on many specific topics and programs, and an opportunity to contact others working in the area.
One of the highlights was a Panel forum attended by the representatives of Government Crime Prevention Departments or Units from all of the mainland States- a first.
At a meeting of the Executive, representatives from Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland attended to discuss the Council's future directions. The meeting was assisted in this regard by Judge Andrew Wilson, its former National Chairman, and by Mr Des Semple, who had been engaged to prepare a Strategic Plan.
At a business meeting at the conclusion of the Conference, delegates considered this Strategic Plan and resolved:
1. for the ACPC to redefine its role as a Peak NGO; to abandon attempts to seek government funding for its operations; to avoid service delivery projects except training; to re-assert its role as a Peak body complementing but not competing with existing organisations and structures; to retain on its agenda planning for a further national Conference; and to maintain efforts to establish Branches in all States and Territories;
2.To complete infrastructure improvements; Conduct a membership drive in all States and Territories; and to appoint a high profile President (at an appropriate stage);
3. To identify new niche opportunities and continue to support and focus on pragmatic solutions “which work”
4. To develop and expand a Website;
5. To maintain links with LGA;
6. To foster and encourage media focuses at local levels;
7. To conduct training programs and/or workshops;
8. To maintain international networks, eg. ICPC;
9. To maintain a “conduit pipe” to the AIC
10. To recommend new topics of information and research and secure closer collaboration with AIC, especially on a State basis;
11. To encourage Co-ordination of service providers;
12. To re-connect with the community;
13. To formulate joint projects/partnerships;
14. to identify any other organisations (besides AIC) with whom ACPC might wish to affiliate or strike up an alliance.
National Executive, Freemantle (2005) Back row: Peter Sirr(WA) (n/k), Daryl Carmody (WA), Leigh Garrett Front row: Adrienne Isnard (Qld) Mike Coe (WA) Peter Norman (SA, Chairman), Andrew Paterson (SA)
Subsequent to the 2005 Conference new branches were established in North Queensland and the Northern Territory, a developed proposal was been prepared in relation to the establishment of a crime prevention training facility, a national website was been commissioned to come into operation in 2007, and preparation was undertaken to meet in Townsville in October to discuss and consider the Council's goals.
National Executive (2007)
Left to right: Prof Don Robertson (NSW), Master Peter Norman (SA, Chairman), Andrew Paterson (SA), Prof Michael Benes (VIC), Prof Jenny Fleming (TAS), Leigh Garrett (SA), Mike Coe (WA)
In February the National Executive met in Adelaide to discuss the future goals and directions of the ACPC. Issues discussed included branch development and recruitment of members, crime prevention training, the establishment of a comprehensive website, expansion of the Council into the Asia Pacific, and the forthcoming AIC Conference in Townsville. It was agreed that the Executive would meet on a regular basis.
Following its 2005 Fremantle and 2007 Adelaide meetings, the Council, in collaboration with its North Queensland Branch, was involved in the organization by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), and the Townsville City Council of a conference “Improving Community Safety: Lessons from the Country and the City” held at the James Cook University
The conference presented a host of crime prevention topics, including the marketing of crime prevention, situational crime prevention, personal safety issues, partnerships, community engagement, and topics relating to indigenous communities and crime.
In conjunction with this conference, the Council invited to Townsville a selected group of committed persons from Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Fiji Islands and Samoa, together with delegates from New Zealand and Australia. These persons attended the Conference, learned about practical issues in crime prevention, and then met together at a Forum and discussed matters of mutual interest and concern.
The visiting delegates were Judge Suntariya Muanpawong from the Office of the President of the Supreme Court of Thailand, Judge Somsack Taybounlack of the Court of Appeal of the People’s Supreme Court of Lao PDR, Mr Sekano Koeut the Secretary General of the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions in the Office of the Council of Ministers of Cambodia, Mr Kemal Dermawan from the Department of Criminology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Indonesia; and Vice Secretary of the Indonesian Crime Prevention Fund Foundation, The Honourable Justice Mogish from the National and Supreme Courts of Papua New Guinea, the Crimes Administrator in Port Moresby, Mr Ronald Talasasa, the Director of Public Prosecutions for the Solomon Islands, Mr Graham Leung, a lawyer based in Suva and a Vice President of LawASIA, Afamasaga Toleafoa, a Matai Chief and National Advocate for the Protection of Children from Samoa , Ms Carol Dickson from the Papakura District Council in New Zealand, a Safer Communities Project Officer , and Mr Andrew Paterson a crime prevention consultant from Adelaide and Board member of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime.
Funding for the Forum came from the Australian Government through AusAid, the AIC and a number of other sponsors.
The delegates came from a wide geographical area and different cultures, and brought a diversity of experience and knowledge. They included representatives of the judiciary, the legal profession, government, the media, welfare, and the private sector. They came to share their collective knowledge and experiences, so as to help their own communities when they returned to them. At the conclusion of the Forum It was resolved that a Communiqué would also be drafted which would recognize the importance of crime prevention, recognize the group’s differences in challenges facing the participating countries, recognize the rule of law, and note the setting up of the Working Group.
National Executive Meeting, Townsville, October 2007
(from left, Adrienne Isnard, North Queensland, Andrew Paterson SA, Bill Somerville NT, Peter Norman
SA, Rob White, Tasmania , Garner Clancy, NSW)
Forum in progress Forum delegates
National Executive Meeting, 30 August 2008
Left to right around table, Admiral Chris Barrie (President) ; Leigh Garrett (SA); Judge Andrew Wilson (former President); Andrew Paterson (Secretary); Rob Motteram (Treasurer); Garner Clancy (back to camera, NSW)
The Council held a National Executive meeting in Adelaide on Saturday 30 August, followed by a dinner in the evening. At the meeting the Council welcomed the new President, Admiral Barrie, and planned for future activities.
Visit of Professor Irvin Waller
Professor Irwin Waller and ACPC Secretary Andrew Paterson
During the week of 22 September 2008 Professor Irvin Waller visited South Australia . He was key note speaker at the National Victim Support Conference and met with interested politicians, media and the Commissioner for Social Inclusion. He also addressed public meetings and workshops to promote the “Less law-more order” view of Justice.
Professor Waller met Chairman Peter Norman and Secretary Andrew Paterson to discuss crime prevention strategy and promotion.
December 2008 : Visit of Judge Farrell of the New York Gambling Court
Judge Mark Farrell of the New York “Gambling Court” also visited Adelaide, in early December 2008. The Gambling and Crime Subcommittee of the SA branch of ACPC had raised significant funds to sponsor his visit. Judge Farrell addressed the National Association of Gambling Studies National Conference in Adelaide, held workshops and public meetings, and met the South Australian Premier, Minister Zollo, Judges, Magistrates, and OARS representatives to promote the concept of a diversionary Court for problem gamblers.
New ACPC President and Vice President
Admiral Chris Barrie AC RAN Rtd.
In 2008 Admiral Barrie was appointed as the Council's President. Admiral Barrie was Chief of Australia's Defence Force between 1988 and 2002. He is presently a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a special focus on International Relations and a Master of Business Administration by Deakin University.
The Council also appointed a new Vice President, Associate Professor Adam Sutton of the School of Political Science, Sociology and Criminology of the University of Melbourne. Asst Professor Sutton's research and teaching interests are criminology and crime policy, crime prevention, drug law enforcement and white-collar crime, and he has published in each of these fields. Asst Professor Sutton was previously Director of South Australia's Office of Crime Statistics and Director of Crime Prevention.
Peter Norman remained as Chairman and Vice President.
August 2009 - Meeting with the National Crime Prevention Council of Singapore
Judge Andrew Wilson with Representatives from the National Crime Prevention Council of Singapore
On 19 August 2009, Judge Andrew Wilson AM, former National President of ACPC attended a meeting with the National Crime Prevention Council of Singapore.
Judge Wilson wrote:
I was pleased to represent the Australian Crime Prevention Council during a recent visit to Singapore, where I met the Chairman and office-bearers of the National Crime Prevention Council of Singapore. The purpose of the Meeting was to discuss crime prevention in the Asia Pacific Region.
The Chairman Mr. Tan Kian Hoon and the Vice-Chairman Mr.Eric Low hosted a Banquet arranged in my honour and attended by members of Singapore's Executive Committee and their Executive Director Mr.Chua Chuan Seng. It was immediately apparent to me that the National Crime Prevention Council of Singapore not only is an active organisation but also performs a leadership role in the Region. My hosts were interested to hear of recent initiatives taken by ACPC in the Region and of our plans for the future. I feel confident that any future Regional Forum to be attended by crime prevention "practitioners" in the Region will be supported and attended by our colleagues from Singapore.
The spirit of goodwill that was made apparent and the level of co-operation that was shown were such as to provide me with a feeling of confidence that our two organisations can work together in the future in a spirit of partnership. There is undoubtedly scope for maintaining a network of crime prevention operatives in the Asia Pacific Region and for the sharing of good practices.
October 2009 - Chairman's visit to the European Crime Prevention Network
In October 2009 ACPC Chairman Peter Norman visited Mr Jukka - Pekka Takala, a representative of Finland, and Mr Juan Carlos Garrido Iglesias, now Chair of the Board, and Mr Eduardo Juez, representative of Spain, of the European Crime Prevention Network.
They briefed him on the activities of the Network and their work in crime prevention in their respective countries.
Full details of the Network can be obtained from their website.