6 May 2010 - ACPC session at the International Federation on Ageing 10th Global Conference

The ACPC hosted a session at the 10th Global Conference on the International Federation on Ageing which was held in Melbourne, Australia, between 3rd - 6th May 2010. The Session was Chaired by ACPC Chairman Master Peter Norman OAM.
Judge Andrew Wilson A.M., the past National President of ACPC, presented a paper "Elderly Prisoners: Issues for the Community" and Mr Geoff Glanville of Prison Fellowship SA, a former SA Branch secretary of ACPC, also addressed the conference, on the issue of elderly child sex offenders.

20 May 2010 - ACPC Celebrates 50th birthday

On 20 May 2010 ACPC celebrated its 50th anniversary, having been formed in Adelaide in May 1960 during a conference held at the University of Adelaide and attended by members of the judiciary, prison after care workers and representatives of Government, church and voluntary agencies from across Australia.

ACPC Annual General Meeting on 7 September 2010

Election of Mr John Murray APM as Secretary/Public Officer and Mr Adam Bodzioch as Treasurer

At the ACPC Annual General Meeting on 7 September 2010, Mr John Murray APM was elected as ACPC's Secretary and Public Officer.
John is an educator and advisor in justice related issues and has worked in every state in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, The Middle East, South Pacific and Macau (Special Administrative Region of China). He served over thirty years in the South Australia Police before resigning as Assistant Commissioner to take up the position of Associate Professor and Head of the Australian Graduate School of Police Management, Charles Sturt University, New South Wales. For these three years he was retained as an advisor and consultant to the Hong Kong Police. Following further academic work with the Open University of Hong Kong he rejoined policing as a Deputy Commissioner of the Federal Police in 2000 where he was the Chief Police Officer of the Australian Capital Territory for four years. In conjunction with the Australian National University and other institutions he superintended major reforms including community policing philosophy and multiculturism. In 2004 as a private consultant he conducted several reviews in legal and health areas of government. A regular contributor to public debate he has maintained a keen interest in justice issues.

On the same occasion Mr Adam Bodzioch was elected as ACPC's Treasurer. Adam Bodzioch retired from the South Australian public service in February 2007 after almost 40 years of service, the last 18 years in senior executive roles in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Department for Water Resources and the Courts Administration Authority. He has wide-ranging experience in policy development, courts administration and in high-level consulting and project management work. Adam has been the South Australian Government's representative on the Council for the Order of Australia since 2002. He has a Bachelor of Business (with Distinction) from the University of South Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Law (Court Policy and Administration) from the University of Wollongong.

Retirement of Andrew Paterson as Secretary and Robert Motteram as Treasurer of ACPC
Andrew Paterson , who had been ACPC's Secretary and Public Officer for nearly 10 years, gave notice of his retirement from this position, as he had taken up a fulltime position at Flinders University. The ACPC was sorry to say goodbye to Andrew who had been a tireless worker for the ACPC and for crime prevention generally.
Robert Motteram, who had been Treasurer of both ACPC and the SA Branch, also retired from his position. ACPC expresses its thanks to Rob for his assistance in these capacities.

Chairman’s Visit to Malaysia and Cambodia

In October 2011 ACPC Chairman Master Peter Norman and his wife Astrid Macleod visited Cambodia and Malaysia. While in Kuala Lumpur, they visited the Federal Court and paid a courtesy call on the Chief Justice of Malaysia, Tun Zaki bin Tun Azmi, informing him of the work of ACPC and of the plans for the 2011 Forum.
On 19 October, through the courtesy of Mr Mathew Philip, a Kuala Lumpur Solicitor, they had lunch with members of the executive of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation: Vice Chairmen Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye Datuk Kamaruddin Md Ali, Treasurer Datuk Eddy Chen Lok Loi , members Tan Sri Robert Phang Miow Sin and Bala A/l Karupiah and Administrator Mr Raflly Nann.
They discussed crime prevention generally and the work of our respective organizations and were pleased to learn that a delegation from the MCPF proposed to attend the Forum, and were interested in our initiative to develop a crime prevention network in the region.
While in Cambodia and Malaysia they had the opportunity during the visits to observe crime prevention initiatives to ensure the safety of tourists and visitors to those countries.

Asia Pacific Crime Prevention Forum in Adelaide  - January 2011

Delegates at the Asia Pacific Crime Prevention Forum 2011

In January 2011 ACPC in conjunction with Kathleen Lumley College and the Australian Institute for International affairs, ACPC convened the Forum: Crime prevention 2011 and beyond: A Forum of Key personnel from the Asia Pacific region.


Meeting With Director of the Australian Institute Of Criminology


On Wednesday 31 May 2011 ACPC Chairman Peter Norman and Secretary John Murray met Dr Adam Tomison, Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology, on his visit to Adelaide. They discussed our respective organizations and the role each plays in crime prevention and community safety. Dr Tomison presented ACPC with copies of recent crime prevention publications and papers prepared by the AIC.

Meeting with Cecelia Danielle of the Ministry of Justice, Italy - October 2011

During a visit to Rome, ACPC Chairman Peter Norman arranged to meet with Cecelia Danielle a representative of the  Ministry of Justice, Italy Issues discussed included Restorative Justice and Tourism Safety.


International Crime Prevention Conference 2011 - Singapore

Between 14 and 17 November, 2011, ACPC Chairman Master Peter Norman, former ACPC President Judge Andrew Wilson, Ms Astrid Macleod and  Mrs Julie Wilson attended the International Crime Prevention Conference held at the Suntec Centre, Singapore.  For a report on the conference, click on this link.

In 2010-2011, the ACPC was saddened by the deaths of several of its prominent members or supporters
Mrs Marjorie North
Associate Professor Adam Sutton
Mr Ray Kidney
Chief Judge Don Brebner, And
Mr Murray Clapham
For details and tributes to these members and supporters click on this link


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.

2012 Newsletter

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.


Meeting with SA Opposition Leader and Shadow Attorney

In September 2013 Chairman Peter Norman, Secretary Astrid Macleod, Professor Peter Homel and Dr Garner Clancey met Mr Steven Marshall, Leader of the Opposition in SA and Hon Stephen Wade, Shadow Attorney General, to brief them on crime prevention programs and initiatives being undertaken in Australia and elsewhere.

Meeting in Prague

Later  that  month ACPC Peter and Astrid attended a meeting in Prague, Czech Republic with Dr Petr Zeman, the  Research Director of the Institute of Criminology and Social Prevention. Executive member Prof Michael Benes  had  assisted to arrange the meeting. Criminal justice issues in Europe were discussed, including the provision of safety information for foreign tourists for later publication on the website, and other issues relating to crime prevention in the Czech Republic and Europe. Dr Zeman subsequently made contact with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, and the Czech Tourism Agency, in this regard, and invited provision by ACPC of a basic (common) structure of this information so he could then find and send relevant data.

Michael Benes visited the Czech Republic in relation to the planning of the ESCAC to be held in Prague between 10 -13 September 2014.

Membership Changes

During the year Peter Sirr retired as Director of Outcare WA and from the National Executive. He was replaced on the Executive by Ms Amanda Wheeler,  the new Director of Outcare.


Change to Executive

In August, Gordana Blazevic from Queensland resigned from the National Executive.

New website administrator

Stephen Williams indicated that he wished to retire from the position as Web Administrator which he had undertaken for some years. ACPC subsequently advertised for a volunteer for the position through the Volunteers SA website, and engaged Helen Lyons as a new web administrator for the site, with Lesley Rutherford to assist her.

2014 Newsletter

In May the 2014 newsletter was published,  with reports from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Laos, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Vietnam and PNG, with Australian contributions from Ray Carroll, Peter Homel, Garner Clancey, Tony Lake, Andrew Wilson, Ingrid Stonehill (Neighbourhood Watch) Ray Andersson, and Amanda Wheeler.

Intern articles

Sarah Ford, who had studied crime prevention in Sydney under supervision of Garner Clancey, offered to assist ACPC in an internship position. She subsequently provided for publication on the website and distribution elsewhere, two well researched and informative papers. “The Benefits of Crime Prevention” and “Some Crime Prevention Initiatives in the Australian states and territories” involving a snapshot view of crime prevention programs from across Australia.

Activities of members

In an Australian first, National Executive member Ray Carroll and the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council established a partnership with Mission Australia and Suncorp Insurance to implement a U Turn styled program for young offenders to operate as a social enterprise in inner Melbourne.

Peter Homel attended meetings in Brazil and the USA and prepared a workshop for the UN Crime Congress in 2015. He also attended the 23rd UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna. At that meeting there was a significant resolution passed on crime prevention, recommended for adoption by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This was the first major Crime Commission resolution on crime prevention in six years so it was an important step in prioritising crime prevention on the international and national agenda.

In September-October, Peter Norman and Astrid Macleod attended crime prevention  meetings in the UK, Denmark and Singapore. These included a visit to SACRO (Scotland) a prisoner welfare and crime prevention organization based in Edinburgh, where they met Mr Paolo Mazzoncini, the Director, and Operations East of SACRO. In Copenhagen they attended a meeting at the offices of the Danish Crime Prevention Council with Anna Karina Nickelsen (Head of Secretariat), Charlotte Vincent (Sociologist and Special Consultant), and other members of the Council, and were  briefed on its activities and some of its projects.


Anna Karina Nickelsen

They later attended a meeting in Singapore, together with Judge Andrew Wilson, with Eric Low and Galen Tan who had both been  involved in the Singapore National Crime Prevention Council conference in 2011.

In November, Garner Clancey and the Sydney Institute of Criminology hosted a successful seminar on Alternative Education, Diversion and Young People. With over 130 registrants, this event showcased local programs aimed at keeping young people out of the criminal justice system. A training course was also organised by the Institute (and delivered by Dr John Howard) on Drugs, Crime, Young People and Brief Interventions. This session was part of a continuing education program being delivered by the Institute. A similar conference was held in Sydney in April. The AIC also hosted Community Safety conferences in Melbourne and Ipswich.

Isabelle Bartowiak-Theron wrote a paper in collaboration with Rick Sarre on bail issues.

Amanda Wheeler, the Director of Outcare WA, attended the Australasian Reintegration Conference in Singapore.

Leigh Garrett was involved with the structural re-organization of OARS Community Transitions in Adelaide.

Ray Andersson wrote a chapter on school security in Australia for the book “Handbook of School Safety and Security” published by Elsevier and edited by Lawrence Fennely and Marianne Perry in the US.  He was   appointed as Chairman of ASIS International Crime Prevention and Loss Prevention Council for 2015/2016 at the ASIS International Annual Exhibition and Seminar in Atlanta. He visited   London in November to receive the Freedom of the City of London as a member of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.

Publication of ACPC Journals online

During the year, on request from Austlii, an online publisher of online legal information, copies of past editions of defunct ACPC publications covering the period between 1978 and 1983 were provided for scanning and posting online.


Change to Executive

Amanda Wheeler the retiring Director of Outcare WA, resigned from the Executive and her replacement at Outcare, Paul McMullan, was elected as WA representative on ACPC.

Members Activities

Garner Clancey and the Sydney Institute of Criminology hosted several events including Crime Prevention – 2015 Master Class, Criminology through Crime Film Course, Working with Domestic Violence Offenders Training Course, the  Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture was delivered by Justice Virginia Bell, and  Crime: Contemporary and Future Trends at the one-day seminar.

Leigh Garrett continued his work as director of OARS Community Transitions in Adelaide and assisted ACPC by finalizing the affairs of the SA Branch.

Isabelle Bartowiak-Theron 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. Peter Norman and Astrid Macleod and    met her in Hobart in February to discuss future ACPC activity.

Peter Homel attended the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal in Doha, Qatar 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, Peter was accompanied by the AIC’s then Director, Dr Adam Tomison. Peter delivered one of the four workshops being part of the official Congress program.
Michael Benes spent five weeks in Prague 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.

Chairman and Secretary’s activities

In May, Peter Norman and Astrid Macleod met SA Police Minister Tony Piccollo at Parliament House and briefed him concerning a number of the initiatives and programs discussed with the Danish Crime Prevention Council and at an earlier meeting with a crime prevention officer from the Italian Ministry of Justice. They provided him with some of the written materials received.
In July, accompanied by John Murray, they were received at Government House SA and met the SA Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO and told him of the work of ACPC and provided him with a copy of the Newsletter.

During the year they also attended several meetings in Asia.
In Jakarta they met Mardjono Reksodiputro a distinguished lawyer and Professor of Law at the University of Indonesia who holds many important offices in Indonesia. He had been a friend of ACPC for many years and had assisted in arrangements for Indonesia’s representation at the 2007 and 2011 ACPC Forums.  Opportunities for co-operation between Indonesia and Australia including future conferences and information-sharing were discussed

Peter Norman and Astrid Macleod with
Mardjono Reksodiputro and his wife, Nastii

Later, 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 she had established the Sri Lanka Institute of Criminology launched on 30 October. Jeeva agreed to become involved in ACPC’s Network and to contribute and   provide an article for the Newsletter.

In Kuala Lumpur Peter 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 and heard 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 the group was 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 had been launched. It had proven extremely effective in combating crime.

Membership of ICPC

Following telephone discussions with Ms Celine Monnier, ICPC Analyst and Project officer with ICPC in Montreal, Canada, about the role ACPC might play within that organization,
ACPC was notified that the Board has decided that its membership fee be waived for 2015 and 2016, after which the situation would be reconsidered.

2015 Newsletter

The 2015 Newsletter was completed and distributed It contained 12 reports from within Australia and overseas reports from Thailand, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, PNG, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Asst Professor Melissa Bull provided an article on her involvement in three key projects, Ray Andersson on Neighborhood Watch NT and Crime Stoppers NT, and Ray Carroll on Vehicle Theft and of the impact of changes in social or economic factors. The law firm Norman Waterhouse kindly donated the services of its productions officer, Cara Carusi, to design and format the content of the Newsletter. Ms Helen Lyons continued as web administrator.

Submission to Senate regarding AIC

In November ACPC provided a formal submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee of the Senate in relation to the Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill, urging that the legislation should mandate the continued research and related services presently undertaken by the AIC. During the hearing Senator McKim of Tasmania noted ACPC’s submission.


Chairman and Secretary address Pacific Prosecutors’ Conference

Following an invitation from Graham Leung, Solicitor General of Nauru, Peter Norman and Astrid Macleod attended and presented papers in September at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Pacific Prosecutors Association, held in Fiji. Countries attending the conference were Nauru, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, PNG, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Cook Islands. Astrid presented a paper about ACPC and its role and spoke about some effective crime prevention initiatives both in Australia and other parts of the world.  

In July, ACPC was asked by ICPC to contribute with ideas, suggestions, contacts and others, and whether there were any specific research projects conducted in the area of preventing violent radicalisation. At the request of ACPC, the Australian Local Government Association of Australia later published a short article about the project and seeking responses, which were passed on to ICPC.

Website upgrade

During the year it became apparent that the Internet platform for the website had deteriorated to the point that a complete rebuild was necessary. Jean-Yves Théron of Hobart undertook to rebuild the site on a new and updated platform and to manage the website. An updated domain name, was obtained. ACPC continues to benefit from a generous bandwidth subsidy given by Peter Kasprzak of Perth.


Executive member Changes

The AGM was held in November. Professor Homel and Sarah Ford retired from the Executive. Mr John Walker and Ms Tiffany Kappen were admitted as new members.

USA and Canada meetings

Peter Norman and Astrid Macleod Astrid visited the USA and Canada in September-October and attended a number of crime prevention/community safety visits/meetings.
These were held in Los Angeles (Meeting with Mr Russell Iungerich (retired) Deputy Attorney General, California, Joint Meeting with Mr Kevin Coffey, former LAPD now consultant, publicist, and lecturer on travel safety and with Lt Raymond Marquez, Sgt Angelo Castro, and Officers Javier and Stultz, at LAPD HQ),  Chicago ( visit to Law Courts, meeting arranged with Professor Arthur J. Lurigio, Senior Associate Dean College of Arts and Sciences, Loyola University Chicago , who has expertise on Adult probation, substance abuse and crime, interface between mental health and the criminal justice systems),Washington DC  (Meeting with Prof Frederic Lemieux, CEO of Asset Consulting and Faculty Director and Professor of the Practice Applied Intelligence Program, School of Consulting Studies, University of Georgetown - research focus on policing, homeland security and cybersecurity),  New York (Visit to Red Hook Community Justice Centre, Brooklyn, (NY Centre for Court Innovation) meetings with James Brodick, Jacqueline Renaud-Rivera, and Presiding Judge Alex M Calabrese, and a visit to the Court),  Boston (Meeting with Professor Emeritus Jack Greene, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice College of Social Sciences and Humanities Northeastern University -recognised as one of the USA’s leading scholars in the field of policing),  Montreal (Meetings with Justice Michael Stober, Supreme Court of Quebec.  Visit to the ICPC and meeting with Director General Daniel Cauchy, Anne-Sophie Ponsett, Ariane De Palacio, Cateline Autixier, Pablo Madriaza Theodora Mihaylova, Liam Stock-Rabbat and Laurence Poulin),  Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Meeting with Deputy Mayor Peter Mosher), Halifax NS (Meetings with Wendy Marie Baker, Legal Information Counsellor at Justice Access and Professor Tim Stretton, St Marys University Halifax NS)

Meeting with ICPC, Montreal

2017 Newsletter

The 2017 Newsletter was completed and distributed in March. It contained 10 reports from within Australia with 8 reports from overseas.  In addition to the distribution of the Newsletter in Australia and across the region, it was sent to 21 jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific (including all of the delegates to the Prosecutors Association of the Pacific  at which we spoke in Fiji), 34 member countries of the European Crime Prevention network and to the ICPC in Montreal. A criminology graduate Tiffany Lands and a law graduate Zachariah Reveruzzi assisted in the preparation.

Denmark Intern visit to Tasmania

Following an approach made by Ms Emma Kiis, an intern from the University of Aalborg (Denmark), ACPC facilitated her visit to Tasmania as an intern with Isabelle Barktowiak Theron so she could work with ACPC on a number of projects.

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