VICTORIA Police this week launched a 10-minute documentary designed to showcase the impact of the Community Encounters Academy training program.
Victoria Police says more than 3000 police and Protective Services Officers have been touched by the program since it was first introduced in 2009, fostering relationships between Victoria Police recruits and members of the community from a range of diverse backgrounds.
The program enables recruits to engage with people from a range of communities including people from different religious and ethnic groups, people from the Aboriginal community, people living with a physical disability, people with mental illness, people living with HIV/AIDS and those from the gay and transgender community
Acting Senior Sergeant Scott Davis said the program enabled police to work with the community rather than simply policing for the community.
“The Community Encounters program is integrated early into the recruits’ training schedule, setting the basis for what policing is all about – engaging and working with the community,” he said.
The DVD documentary will be rolled out via social media, illustrating how Victoria Police works with the Victorian community to build trust and confidence in all Victorians.
The DVD launch coincides with Cultural Diversity Week, which aims to unite Victorians from all walks of life, celebrating all that multiculturalism brings to our state.