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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 15 February 2018) . . Page.. 342 ..

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—police apprehensions

Mr Gentleman (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Milligan on Wednesday, 29 November 2017):

(1) Approximately 150 ACT Policing members have attended the cultural awareness training package.

The training package was delivered between 1 August 2017 and 5 September 2017 in six sessions, with an approximate attendance of 25 members at each session.

(2) At this point in time this particular training package has not been made compulsory for all ACT Policing members. The target audience to attend this training are police members who require it to perform their frontline duties.

This training includes the importance of:



Local History

Positive Police Interaction

With the Chief Police Officer’s increased focus on building better relationships across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, ACT Policing is reviewing cultural awareness training in order to build capability to engage more effectively with the community

However, the Federal Police Development Program incorporates cultural awareness training as part of the ongoing recruit courses, and is mandatory.

The training package currently includes:

Culture and identity

History timeline to current

Contemporary issues

Police interaction

As mentioned the ACT Policing Community Safety team will review the package in early 2018 in consultation with the ACT Policing Aboriginal Liaison Officers. The package will incorporate an increase in practical information specifically relating to engagement and interaction with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community within the ACT.

Government—land acquisition arrangements

Mr Barr (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Coe on Wednesday, 29 November 2017):

There was no new lease issued, the existing lease for Winslade was purchased by the Land Development Agency.

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