The Police Awards are one of 10 categories in Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence. These awards recognise outstanding contributions to multicultural harmony in the field of policing, and include four sub-categories:
1. Police Annual Multicultural Award
Recognises a police employee who has developed innovative strategies to establish relationships with multicultural communities.
Eligibility: Victoria Police employees
Senior Sergeant Marilyn Ross APM
Senior Sergeant Marilyn “Maz” Ross demonstrates an outstanding commitment to advancing police relationships with multicultural communities. Her work positively impacts many diverse communities, and it is for her exceptional work with the Sikh community that Senior Sergeant Ross is being recognised. Her outreach work towards Indian Australians has been strategically important particularly after attacks on Indian students in 2009 were brought to public attention by Victoria Police. She is to be commended for her contribution towards furthering these initiatives as the diverse Indian community grows rapidly in Victoria.
Senior Constable Carol Williams (award accepted by Senior Sargeant Frank Bodor, pictured)
As Manager of the Alcohol Diversion Program in the South-Eastern area of Melbourne, Senior Constable Carol Williams has been alert to the issues impacting recently arrived ethnic communities. She has worked extensively with groups such as Afri-Aus Care, M-power and Daughters of Jerusalem and has worked hard to educate immigrants and refugees of diverse cultural backgrounds about the use and abuse of alcohol and varying tolerance levels. Her work is not only educational but crime preventative, and worthy of particular mention is the outstanding success Senior Constable Williams has achieved with 78 specific clients.
Acting Senior Sergeant Adam Davy
Acting Senior Sergeant Adam Davy has played a key role in community engagement within the Monash municipality through his work at Oakleigh Police Station. The City of Monash is both culturally and religiously diverse and through his dedicated work and the implementation of various initiatives, he has built strong relationships with the local Islamic Centre and members of the African youth leadership program. Often going above and beyond, Acting Senior Sergeant Davy is committed to promoting cultural awareness and shows remarkable understanding and compassion for newly-arrived refugees who have come from often very harrowing situations.
Senior Constable Rebecca Millin
Senior Constable Rebecca Millin is the Crime Prevention Officer for the Whitehorse area. Over the past several years, she has undertaken much praiseworthy work with established and recently arrived culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and particularly with the Chinese community. Senior Constable Millin has worked productively with interpreters to deliver free innovative security audits for small businesses, often providing reassurance and support after a break in or other crime.
Senior Constable Matt Walker
Senior Constable Matt Walker’s contribution and dedication to various initiatives has had a beneficial impact upon Greater Shepparton and its multicultural community. He represents the trusted face of policing in the Goulburn Valley, an enviable title, and often works outside of his police hours. Of particular significance have been his participation in both the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Hume Regional Advisory Council of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. He has also provided reassurance to local multicultural communities that have been impacted by overseas events, and has educated other police officers of their impact. Especially innovative and imaginative has been his work with Fisheries Victoria in their ‘Reach One, Teach a Dozen’ program, aimed at educating immigrant and refugee fishermen and women of Victoria’s fishing rules and regulations.
Senior Sergeant Efti Anastasiadis
Senior Sergeant Efti Anastasiadis is an excellent example of productive diversity, using his GreekAustralian identity, and bilingual and cultural skills to facilitate communication and understanding between Victoria Police and the Greek community. Of particular note has been his work with the Police Chaplain, his role in the celebration of police and policing at the Orthodox Cathedral in South Melbourne and his role in the Victorian Hellenic Police Association. Through his work, Senior Sergeant Anastasiadis reinforces the positive police profile within the community. He is a great example of what community policing is all about.
Inspector Clive Williams
Inspector Clive Williams has been instrumental in the successful delivery of numerous initiatives in multicultural and multi-faith affairs within the Eastern division, working closely with the community over many years. Most recently, he has worked with the South Sudanese community, supported the development of the new Rohingyas Mosque, contributed as a member of the Gippsland Interfaith Network and undertaken a facilitative relationship with the Sikh community.
Senior Sergeant Eugene Kontos
Senior Sergeant Eugene Kontos has been a valuable member of Victoria Police for more than 28 years, playing a significant role in the development of multicultural policy in the context of policing. In addition to his outstanding work with the Greek community, which he has been dedicated to since 1996, Senior Sergeant Kontos has also successfully managed difficult crosscultural situations such as the Pong Su incident in 2003 and an Egyptian bus crash in Cairo.
Lisa Gray has been the Eastern Region’s Community Engagement Advisor for more than a year, having a noticeable impact in this time, through the implementation of a new and esteemed newsletter, the ‘coffee with a cop’ initiative, her support of the African Australian Community Taskforce, and coordination of the region’s social cohesion program.
2. Police Multicultural Media Award
Recognises a police employee who communicates police/multicultural issues via ethnic and/or mainstream media outlets.
Eligibility: Victoria Police employees
First Constable Kenny Lin
First Constable Kenny Lin has played an invaluable role in reaching out to the Chinese community since becoming a Victorian Police Officer in 2014. Being of Chinese background, his contribution has proved vital in connecting Victoria’s expanding Chinese community and Victoria Police. First Constable Lin’s work also illustrates how Victoria Police is able to effectively utilise the local Chinese community media to communicate information on topics such personal and home safety, Chinese police recruitment and drive-safe videos for Chinese tourists. Australian Community Taskforce, and coordination of the region’s social cohesion program.
3. Police Community Exemplary Award
This award is open to Police, a community group or individual community members. It recognises the development of innovative strategies and initiatives that promote positive relations between Police and multicultural communities.
Eligibility: Members of Victoria Police, community groups/providers and/or the community.
New Recruits - Geelong Police Youth Consultations (award accepted by Acting Inspector Shane Madigan, pictured)
This social cohesion project titled New Recruits - Geelong Police Youth Consultations illustrates the possibility for dialogue and connectedness between police and culturally and linguistically diverse youth, particularly in the Norlane and Corio areas. It is a weekly program bringing together young people from new and emerging communities with forums, workshops and excursions to a soccer match, the police academy, a prison (as part of the schools program) and to the Grampians on a Dreamtime quest trip. It has built up participants’ selfesteem and sense of belonging, as well as their trust and confidence in local police and their capacity to make the right decisions.
North West Metro Muslim Reference Group (award accepted by Senior Sergeant Stuart Morris, pictured)
Established by Inspector Anthony Ryan in 2016, the North West Metro Muslim Reference Group is a very worthwhile and valuable police-community liaison initiative. Coming together at the Northcote Police Station, the meaningful work undertaken by this group illustrates a positive narrative of authentic and worthwhile dialogue between Victoria Police and the leaders of Islamic organisations.
Phulvinderjit Singh Grewal
Phulvinderjit Singh Grewal is recognised for his outstanding contribution as a community leader at the Sikh Gurdwarra in Craigieburn and with the Whittlesea Indian Consultation Group, working as a mediator between police and the community. After Whittlesea was identified as a hot spot for attacks on Indian students in2009, Mr Grewal worked with Victoria Police to implement a safeguarding strategy. Especially important were his efforts in relation to the introduction of the Kirpan card and the exemption of the Kirpan under the Control of Weapons Act. Mr Grewal’s nomination highlights the crucial importance of local community leaders stepping up to the plate to resolve difficult and complex criminal, safeguarding and crime prevention issues. Sam Atukorala Sam Atukorala has played a key role in cultivating intercultural awareness in the Goulburn Valley region, initially through his work as a volunteer and more recently as a project coordinator for the Ethnic Communities Council. He has organised or helped to organise a wide array of community development initiatives and events in and around Shepparton in collaboration with Senior Sergeant Matt Walker. Mr Atukorala’s proactive approach to ensuring police involvement in such events, including in the sporting arena, is praiseworthy and his efforts have also earnt him a significant local media profile.
Sam Atukorala has played a key role in cultivating intercultural awareness in the Goulburn Valley region, initially through his work as a volunteer and more recently as a project coordinator for the Ethnic Communities Council. He has organised or helped to organise a wide array of community development initiatives and events in and around Shepparton in collaboration with Senior Sergeant Matt Walker. Mr Atukorala’s proactive approach to ensuring police involvement in such events, including in the sporting arena, is praiseworthy and his efforts have also earnt him a significant local media profile.