Mildura Weekly : Friday October 31 2014 Vol 8 No 52
NEWS 23 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU Our Police chief helps guide India’s finest • Sput Naylor’s photo of some of the program participants just before the official group photograph at the National Police Academy in Hydierabad. • From Page 8 Supt Naylor said that over the duration of the course, he got to know and appreciate the prob- lems faced by India’s police force, and was more than impressed by the commitment and dedication of the Superintendents involved in the program. “On the other end of the scale, I would like to think I learned a lot, in a professional and cultural sense, and I am confident I can use any new knowledge gained to good use in the western region of Victorian policing,” he said. “And after meeting and mix- ing with state and international police chiefs, I am proud that as far as policing best practice is con- cerned, Victoria Police are right up there with the best in the world. “From the days of Mick Miller, who pioneered world-best investi- gative policing with a visit to FBI headquarters in the United States, successive Victoria Police Com- missioners have all left a legacy that has us continually at the fore- front of policing across all areas.” At the completion of the month-long course in Hyder- abad, the 80 India police super- intendents flew to Australia for two weeks, visiting Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra, to see the more practical side of what they had been tutored on, including G20 security, forensic techniques, counter-terrorism and ethical standards, taking time to hold a commemorative ceremony at the police memorial to honour police from India and Australia who had died in the line of duty. Supt Naylor was guest speak- er at the Rotary Club of Mildura Deakin’s October network break- fast on Wednesday, speaking on the policing of rural communities. (See story this page). By ALAN ERSKINE VICTORIA Police Chief Commis- sioner Ken Lay broke new ground with his recently-released 2025 Blue Paper on policing, and the strategies and initiatives it contains are some- thing very close to the heart of Mil- dura police chief, Superintendent Paul Naylor. Giving a brief snapshot of fu- ture policing to a Rotary Club of Mildura Deakin network breakfast at the Rendezvous on Wednesday, Supt Naylor said one of the biggest changes in policing had to be a case of ‘more listening – less talk.’ This was particularly important in our large police district, from the Millewa to Cohuna and Charlton, along border areas of SA and NSW, with 30 police stations and 300 em- ployees looking after an area total- ling 48,000 square kilometres. Supt Naylor pointed out to the breakfast audience of 40 present and future Mildura community leaders that although community policing was evolving, the core fundamentals established by England’s Sir Robert Peel in 1814 hadn’t changed. These ideals - preserving the peace, protecting life and property, preventing offences, detecting and apprehending offenders and gen- erally helping people in need have been the cornerstone of Victoria po- licing over its 161 year history. “Our emphasis and approaches may have varied over time, but our mission has, and always will be, to strive for a safe, secure and orderly society by serving the community,” he said. “To achieve future objectives we need to deliver diverse and multi- dimensional services, include a broad range of stakeholders from the Mildura community and govern- ment agencies, ascertain a realistic number of priorities, and maintain a large and complex service delivery model with the resources available to us.” Supt Naylor said police were particularly committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of young peo- ple, as well as women threatened by family violence. “Growing up is challenging,” he said. “Young people generally feel overwhelmed by the pressures placed on them by different groups within society. Friends and family particularly have expectations that often conflict. “Drugs, alcohol and family vio- lence are but three of the more obvi- ous drivers of crime confronting us. Many of our proactive units within the division level a number of initia- tives at trying to help young people through the minefield of growing up. “Methylamphetamine is a com- munity fight levelled at education, and for young people to understand the risks to their health, and well- being of their family and friends, and Victoria Police are a partner in the Project Ice initiative to deliver a clear message to the community of the risks, symptoms of use, and the support available to those touched by this scourge.” Supt Naylor is of the belief that Mildura youth are wise to the threats that surround them. “They have been given many tools to mitigate risks that confront them, from bully- ing and sexting to exposure to drugs and alcohol,” he said. “We have given them the tools to say ‘No!’ and I hope to see ris- ing support from the younger gen- eration in the community to send strong messages through ‘leading by example’ to their peers that excessive risk-taking is no longer cool, from rather idiotic choices in some cases to potentially deadly actions in oth- ers.” Supt Naylor touched briefly on the outlaw motorcycle gangs that were pedalling drugs to all sections of society, particularly our youth. He named the Rebels and Comman- cheros as two of the groups that had come under intense police scrutiny. Road trauma was another area of vital importance, with 199 road fatalities so far this year, and many more injured. Many were single ve- hicle, single person accidents...cars running off roads and hitting trees. One of the ways to combat this was a concentrated campaign against driver fatigue, speed, social media distractions and drug and alcohol issues. “To meet future challenges, road safety must become a whole of Vic- toria Police and community respon- sibility,” he said. On family violence, Supt Naylor said it appeared to be an increasing problem in Mildura, however, the level of repeat offences appeared to be in decline. “Members of the community now appear to have the confidence to report the crime that is committed on them, or their nearest and dear- est, that once was kept unreported behind closed doors,” he said. “Community information has also given our divisional intelli- gence units a better picture of the landscape pertaining to drug activ- ity, and the handling of stolen goods from burglaries which support drug taking. “The more information and as- sistance we get from the community, the more specific we can be in tar- geting investigations, and the bet- ter we can bring the jig-saw pieces together.” Supt Naylor said the 2008 So- cial Indicator report by Professor Tony Vinson had been a vital factor in some of the initiatives adopted by Mildura police, initiatives that had captured the attention of law enforcement agencies around Aus- tralia. “He pulled the community apart, gave a thorough analysis of all sectors, age groups, services and agencies, and put it back to to- gether again,” Supt Naylor said. “It was a far-reaching document. The outcome was that if one agency couldn’t handle a problem, others were called in, pulling together as a team to resolve an issue. “We have found that there is no such thing as a quick-fix. It’s all about community involvement, trust, understanding, intelligence- gathering, teamwork and commit- ment. It’s often a long, hard journey, but the journey of collaboration takes time. “There is ample evidence that we do it well now, but we can do it even better in the future.” Supt Naylor said a big part of successful policing had been the re- cruitment of 1700 more officers for Victoria in the past four years, with 44 of them coming to the Mildura police district, making it possible for new strategies and specific task forces to be put into place to combat specific crimes, instead of relying on police on the beat in the ‘divvy van.’ “And we are out there listening to community groups and people on the street,” he said. “Our man- agers are doing more listening than talking, and this intelligence-gather- ing is proving increasingly effective in the fight against crime.” FOOTNOTE: The Victoria Police Blue Paper covers development of a new, long-term policing plan lead- ing up to 2025. It outlines strategic choices, priorities and commitments to enhance public safety, with rela- tively fewer resources, and identifies the broader social, economic and environmental trends, and internal challenges, facing Victoria Police. Superintendent Paul Naylor is the Divisional Commander of the largest policing region in the State, embrac- ing four Victorian municipalities, and also maintains a close liaison and working relationship with po- lice counterparts in the neighbouring States of NSW and SA. In his 36 years with the Victoria Police he has had experience in uni- form patrols, criminal investigation branches, the Homicide Squad, vari- ous police training units and the cor- ruption investigation division. Supt Naylor is on the board of Sunraysia Community Health Service and Mildura Blue Ribbon committee, and is an ambassador for the White Ribbon Foundation – set up to stop violence against women, something he feels very strongly about. 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