Membership and other changes
Asst Professor Peter Homel
Two new members joined the National Executive, Asst Professor Peter Homel, Principal Criminologist – Crime Prevention at the AIC and Professor, Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University, Queensland, and Dr Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron of the Tasmania Institute of Law Enforcement Studies University of Tasmania.
Mr Mick Symons retired as National Secretary and was replaced by Ms Astrid Macleod, Solicitor, of South Australia.
Mr Steve Williams volunteered to undertake development of the Website and to edit the Newsletter. The website was much improved from what it was earlier. Mr Peter Kasprzak of WA the site domain owner generously donated the bandwidth needed to maintain and expand the site when needed.
Mr Geoff Lemmey, who had audited the accounts of ACPC for many years retired from this role. Subsequently ACPC obtained the services of an accountant Mr Bill Schuller of Millicent who offered to fulfil this task.
SA Branch closure
During the year the SA Branch closed. It had been formed in 1972. At a meeting between Peter Norman, Leigh Garrett and former Branch members Judge Andrew Wilson, Dr Ken O’Brien and Helen Nichols it was agreed that activities previously arranged by the Branch in SA would be undertaken by the National ACPC.
In June ACPC distributed a further Newsletter following 4 previous newsletters in earlier years.
Meeting with Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand
In August at the Royal Thai Embassy, Canberra, ACPC President Admiral Barrie and Chairman Peter Norman met HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand Chairperson of the 21st session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, at the Royal Thai Embassy, Canberra. The delegation included Mr Adisak Panupong, Advisor to the Chairperson of the 21st Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), Mr Chulasingh Vasantasingh, Attorney General of Thailand, Dr Kittipong Kittayarak ,Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Ms Santanee Ditsayabut, Provincial Chief Public Prosecutor attached to the Office of the Attorney General, Mr Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Justice Officer Senior Professional Level of the Office of Justice Affairs ,Ministry of Justice, His Excellency Mr Maris Sangiampongsa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Australia, and other Justice Ministry and Embassy Staff.
Crime Prevention Assist Roundtable
In October, President Admiral Chris Barrie and National Executive member Leigh Garrett attended a “Crime Prevention Assist” Roundtable held in Canberra on 17 October 2012, convened by the Australian Institute of Criminology, to discuss the sharing of crime prevention information between agencies and individuals in a website service “CP ASSIST”
Meetings in Hanoi
Also in October Chairman Peter Norman and Astrid Macleod attended a meeting in Hanoi on 11 October 2012 with Major General Dr Do Kim Tuyen, Deputy Director General, General Department of Police on Crime Prevention and Suppression, of the Ministry of Public Security, Vietnam, and other representatives of that Department including senior members of the Vietnam Police Force. The history and role of ACPC and successful crime prevention projects in Australia were referred to. Maj Gen Tuyen spoke of the importance of crime prevention in Vietnam and referred to its Crime Prevention Initiative focussing on the risk of crime to the social life of the community, the rehabilitation of offenders, and methods of fighting crime. It was agreed that this dialogue would be continued in the future. This is continuing by liason with Lieut Dinh Manh Cuong of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry in Hanoi.
Major General Do Kim Tuyen
First International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health
In November ACPC was a sponsor, partner and session convenor at the First International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health held in Melbourne between 11 and 14 November 2012. The objective of the session convened was “to determine the contribution of public health to crime prevention and how it can be optimized ethically.” The session was chaired by Judge Andrew Wilson, past National President of ACPC, and the principal Presenter was Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron who spoke on 'Dismantling the Silos: consolidating knowledge-sharing and partnerships between law enforcement, law and medicine'. Presenters from Canada and Victoria also spoke at the session.