Indigenous Community/Police Consultative Groups (hereinafter referred to as ICPCGs) are established to develop better relationships between police and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in the State of Queensland, to allow police to serve these communities in an informed and co-operative way.
A number of ICPCGs are operating throughout Queensland, to find out further information on 'best practice' models contact the Cultural Support Unit on 3364 6109. To find out more about setting up and running an ICPCG go to the ICPCG Charter.
Indigenous Community/Police Consultative Groups are committed to:
- providing a forum for discussing matters of concern relating to the policing of our community;
- arriving at decisions resulting from those discussions and where necessary, acting upon such decisions;
- promoting and developing a genuine partnership between the Queensland Police Service and the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community as outlined in various department and state government policies and strategies; (See also Community Engagement Appendix G)
- acting as a facilitating agent through which representations can be made at local level for the purpose of improving the service provided by police;
- providing to the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community an awareness of Police Service policies, ideas and directions;
- providing access to any member of the community requiring police information or assistance particularly for those unable to voice their concerns directly to a Police Officer,
PURPOSE OF THE ICPCGs
Community Policing in Queensland involves consultation with people from affected communities on issues that will benefit from appropriate service from police. These may include:
(a) The effectiveness or otherwise of community-based initiatives and assistance that might be required;
(b) The problems and opportunities within the community regarding the reduction or prevention of crime and increased public safety;
(c) Strategies, support or projects to achieve the objectives of community policing;
(d) Local policies in the balanced use of police resources;
(e) Sponsorship for approved initiatives aiming at preventing or reducing crime or protecting life and property;
(f) Assisting with research to identify causes of crime or social dysfunction and actions that might be appropriate;
(g) Coordinated action, involving people or organisations other than police, aimed at solving policing-related problems and not merely addressing the outcomes or symptoms of those problems.
Like other organisational initiatives. ICPCGs can be diverted to peripheral roles or may be allowed to drift into activities that ultimately harm the original purpose. To prevent this, the activities in which an ICPCG may and may not participate are as follows:
(i) ICPCGs may:
* engage in public projects, fund-raising or publicity campaigns.
(ii) ICPCGs may not:
* engage in party-political or sectarian activities and may not be, directly or indirectly, used as a political, industrial or commercial pressure group ,
* afford any bias toward any particular group or groups within the community.
For further information regarding ICPCGs, contact the Cultural Support Unit on 3364 6109.