Community given an insight into realities of day-to-day policing

Friday, 10 March 2017 04:40:23 AM

Community leaders from all walks of life will be given an opportunity to gain a unique insight into the realities of policing with the Community Awareness in Policing Program (CAPP) beginning today.

The program, which has been running for five years, has attracted religious leaders, actors, politicians, journalists, not-for-profit organisations, international representatives, and other emergency services.

It was designed to help foster relationships, remove any barriers between police and the community, and continue to educate the public as modern policing evolves.

The three-day event will kick-off with a mock crime scene scenario; demonstrations from the Public Order and Riot Squad, Dog Squad; and a search and rescue scenario by the Marine Area Command today (Friday 10 March 2017).

Police driver training scenarios, Tactical Operations Unit demonstrations will continue at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn tomorrow (Saturday 11 March 2017).

The final day will provide participants a comprehensive look at ballistics training, how court cases unfold, and mental health education officers receive.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said the program allows members of the public to experience policing from every perspective.

“Since 2010, the program has hosted more than three hundred community members, with the aim of opening our doors to provide a rare insight on what police officers do every day, including why certain decisions are made under often difficult circumstances,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.

“Policing is often publically perceived as officers patrolling the streets, stopping vehicles on our roads, and attending crime scenes.

“The CAPP program provides a deeper understanding of what police do – from search and rescue operations, court processes, and negotiations; to water and air policing, natural disaster responses, youth education through schools, and taking Triple Zero (000) calls.

“In this day and age, it has become more and more important to continue to build strong relationships and trust between police and the community.

“Through CAPP, we have seen the education leaders pass on to their communities, which has become an invaluable asset,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.

Developed by the NSW Police Force Customer Service Program in 2010, CAPP is the first strategy of its kind for law enforcement agencies across Australia.

CAPP16 participants include:

- Darren Bark, Director, NSW Department of Justice

- Graham Ross, CEO Ross Group of Horticultural Companies, Author, TV and Radio Broadcaster, Tour Director, President and Founder Australian Garden Council

- Tony Martin, Actor

- Tony Harris, Head of Operations & Major Events, Australian Rugby Union

- Janet Fife-Yeomans, Chief Reporter, The Daily Telegraph

- Kathy Kelly, Director/ Co-Founder Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation

- Wayne Gleeson, Former Deputy Principal Woolooware High School, NSW Sentencing Council

- Jessica Kidd, Journalist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

- Alex McKinnon, Retired NRL Player, NRL Ambassador

- Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, Archbishop of Sydney

- Daniel Tong, Chief Editor, The Australian Chinese Daily

- Cathy Wilcox, Cartoonist, Fairfax Media

- Kona Koon Doe, Disability Support Worker, NSW Health, Refugee Advocate

- Kent Ross, Managing Director, Ross Group of Horticultural Companies

- Peter Connelly, Deputy Secretary, NSW Department of Justice

- Teigan Power, Primary School Teacher, St Benedict’s Primary, Edgeworth

- Cheryl-Anne Moy, A/Deputy Commissioner, Australian Border Force.

Further information on CAPP can be found at http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/capp.