NT Police recently teamed up with North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) field staff to deliver cyber safety, sexual consent and offence talks to the older students at Maningrida College in East Arnhem Land.
Constable First Class Paul Keightley, Community Engagement Police Officer (CEPO), Arafura Division
Constable 1/C Paul Keightley and NAAJA Community Education Lawyers John Lotu and Will Crawford travelled from Darwin to Maningrida to deliver very important messages to the older male and female students regarding these issues. Several local elders also sat in on these combined Police and NAAJA classes and voiced their approval.
Student’s role playing in a mock court hearing for a serious offence certainly had their full attention and participation. The working partnership with NAAJA is strong and they have kindly shared their resources with NT Police to help reduce harm and improve community safety.
Maningrida School Counsellor Roslyn Dunne was instrumental in planning this combined Police and NAAJA effort. A long term school counsellor at Maningrida School, Roslyn is a vital link with youth in Maningrida.
During the same four day visit to Maningrida, Police linked up with local head Lawman Jack Nawilil and corrections officer James Wood. Younger indigenous male students toured the police station where making good choices, obeying the law and having respect were reinforced by Sergeant Kym Chambers and the other officers at Maningrida Police Station and the corrections officer. The most powerful delivery of this message however was by ‘Old Jack’, a highly respected Djunggay (lawman) for that country who spoke firmly to the boys in their traditional language. They listened.
As per the Federal and NT Governments’ focus on community safety, this is a good example of police and key partner agencies combining resources and drive, to help improve community safety.