Status in progress
Domain
2. Fewer Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system
Goal
2.2 Fewer Aboriginal people enter the criminal justice system
Outcome
2.2.1 Fewer young people become involved with the criminal justice system
Status
In progress
Agency
Victoria Police

Where we are up to

Priority Communities Division are in the process of working with regions to establish localised partnership structures to identify crime prevention initiatives and ensure local initiatives and service responses meet the needs of local communities. The Victims Advisory Unit commenced a project to enhance victim centric educational material to improve support for victims of crime and increase referrals to the Victim Support Agency.

The Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer (ACLO) Program (established in 2005 to address Recommendation 231 of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody), strengthens relationships and facilitates communication between Victoria Police and Aboriginal people across the state.

The Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers, more commonly referred to as ACLOs, play a pivotal liaison role for Victoria Police and the Aboriginal community. The ACLO role has proven capability to assist police in providing effective service delivery and positively influencing perceptions of community safety. Victoria Police currently have an ACLO workforce of 13, located in both regional and metropolitan areas state-wide in the following locations:

  • Bairnsdale
  • Morwell
  • Knox
  • Dandenong
  • Northcote
  • Footscray
  • Geelong
  • Ballarat
  • Warrnambool
  • Shepparton
  • Bendigo/Echuca
  • Swan Hill
  • Wodonga/Wangaratta.

Police Aboriginal Liaison Officers (PALOs) have knowledge and expertise in community networking, community development and liaison, which is the basis for their work with police and communities. PALO’s are expected to perform this liaison role both independently and in partnership with the ACLOs. 

More information is available on the Victoria Police website (External link).