YACVic submitted the following letter of endorsement of the responses of SJFYP and CMY to the Victoria Police Community Consultation regarding field contact policies and cross-cultural training.
In the letter, we endorsed the responses by CMY and SJFYP in full, highlighting a number of their messages and recommendations, including:
- the need for introduction by Victoria Police of a Youth Protocol and implementation of a Racial Profiling Policy in consultation with community groups and the VEOHRC
- the need for Victoria Police to provide written reasons for move-on directions, as well as written ‘field contact receipts’ to ensure greater accountability and transparency in the use of these powers
- the use of CMY’s framework for the development of greater cultural competence as something that should be incorporated within Victoria Police.
In addition, we emphasised the need for strengthened youth-specific training by Victoria Police and the benefits of Victoria Police working in close collaboration with:
- Victorian peak bodies
- generalist and specialist youth sector organisations
- the SJFYP coalition
- community legal centres
- young people.
We also discussed the report developed by YACVic’s Youth Reference Group (YRG), “Cop That”: Bridging the Gap between Young People and Law Enforcement Officers, and supported the YRG’s recommendations aimed at strengthening interactions between Victorian young people and police.