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Aboriginal community justice panels (ACJP)
Aboriginal community justice panels (ACJP) have been in operation since 1988, and are staffed by volunteers who are available 24 hours, 7 days-a-week to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people taken into police custody. The aims of ACJP include:
- assisting police in assuring the safety of Indigenous persons in police custody
- assisting Indigenous people in the post-custodial stage
- increasing awareness in the Indigenous community of the criminal justice system and sensitise criminal justice agencies to Indigenous cultural issues.
There are several ACJP operating throughout regional Victoria, with new ACJP likely to be formed in the Melbourne metropolitan area. ACJP are available in:
- Swan Hill
Abstract adapted from Victoria Police
Office of Police Integrity (2011)
Talking together – relations between police and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Victoria: a review of the Victoria Police Aboriginal Strategic Plan 2003-2008.
Melbourne: Office of Police Integrity