Senior Constables Jenny Hamilton and Anthony Williams and Constable First Class Mark Luppi, all Southern Command Community Engagement Police Officer’s (CEPO), headed out to Mt Liebig to work with Holly Ann Martin from Safe 4 Kids.
They spent the week learning and teaching others about:
- Protective behaviours;
- building personal safety networks;
- identifying early warning signs; and
- developing communication strategies for children in the community.
The programmed activities confirmed the classroom training the CEPO’s had received in Alice Springs in September with practical field work and experience aimed at keeping kids safe.
During the week CEPO’s assisted and conducted training sessions which included taking a group of 45 young people camping for three days as part of the community initiative based around the ‘Safe 4 Kids’ program.
Several adults who accompanied the group also learned from the children, who explained to them the wonders of ‘Facebook’ and other social media forums that enabled the children to communicate with their family and friends in other communities in real-time.
Rewards for a hard day’s work was swimming in a local water hole and collecting bush medicine.
The camp also allowed focus groups to be held, concentrating on areas of vulnerability for different age groups and genders in the community.
Everyone leaving the camp with a shirt that they personalised reinforcing the message ‘everybody has the right to feel safe all of the time.’
The CEPO program focuses on supporting local police, local people, NTES, Night Patrol and the key agencies in all remote communities that work hard to keep people safe.
New to the CEPO program; Senior Constable Williams, said the experience was a positive one and was a “real eye-opener for me”.