CEPO’s Constable Paul Keightley and Constable Robert Cartmill teamed up with representatives from AFLNT for a ten day tour of Arafura Division in support of National Youth Week (NYW) – 10 to 19 April 2015.
By Community Engagement Police Officer (CEPO) Western Region, Constable Robert Cartmill
The theme of National Youth Week 2015 is: ‘It starts with us’. In order to support NYW this year, NT Police, Community Elders, Leaders and AFLNT have been working closely together through Remote Policing Command to deliver strong messages to young people in remote communities that ‘starting with us’ entails making good, healthy and positive choices.
AFLNT Indigenous Programs Manager - Ian Brown has been very supportive of a collaborative approach in engaging with youth in remote communities. His coaching and experience in remote communities were in demand by the children and reinforced the messages.
Police and AFLNT teamed up with the Sport and Recreation Officers Vanessa and Atnass at Gapuwiyak to provide an afternoon of positive information to local children about the importance of education and making good choices. These messages were reinforced by all stakeholders present.
The children enjoyed having fun in the Zorb Ball and with a range of water slides. Aboriginal Community Police Officer - Farrah Flowers cooked up a storm on the barbecue to feed energetic children and families.
Earlier in the day, the Gapuwiyak Government Engagement Coordinator (GEC) and Indigenous Engagement Officer (IEO) supported Remote School Attendance Officers to promote the Walking School Bus. This collaborative approach of working with remote community residents was enthusiastically received by the people of Gapuwiyak who are keen to continue this work. Relationships were strengthened to ensure ongoing combined community engagement initiatives in Gapuwiyak and other remote communities continue to keep people safe. It really does start with us.