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City After Dark recognised for creating safer nightlife for young people in Perth

1 Nov 2022 2:16 PM

Perth-based City After Dark has received a silver award in the community-led category of the 2022 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPAs).

Now in their 30th year, the ACVPAs recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia. They play a vital role in highlighting effective community-based initiatives to prevent crime and violence, before it actually occurs.

City After Dark is led by the Constable Care Foundation and involves the delivery of evening walking tours for up to 30 young people through the Perth city nightlife.

“While these spots may be safe during the day, they become a lot riskier during the night time and that means many young people may be unaware of the potential dangers,” Corporate Affairs and Marketing Manager at Constable Care Foundation Diane Ainsworth said.

The program involves an officer from Western Australia Police Force leading the group along with a Constable Care Foundation staff member to experience first-hand how the city changes as darkness falls and workers leave, providing extensive safety and risk management guidance to participants.

“This project has been recognised for its innovative and targeted approach to promoting safer behaviours for young people, beyond just creating awareness,” said Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Deputy Director, Dr Rick Brown.

These annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments and are delivered by the AIC. All projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service, and is chaired by the AIC Director.

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