Indigenous Community Liaison Officer

Summary

Indigenous community liaison officers liaise with Indigenous communities and the state or territory police forces in order to establish and maintain positive relationships.

Duties & Tasks

Indigenous community liaison officers may perform the following tasks:

  • establish good communication between police and local Indigenous communities
  • help work out disputes involving police and Indigenous communities
  • advise and educate police officers on cross-cultural awareness
  • advise police on potential crime and disorder areas and suggest ways to stop crime and misbehaviour
  • improve community knowledge about policing services and law and order issues
  • provide assistance to relatives visiting Indigenous prisoners
  • assist police and Indigenous persons and their families involved in the juvenile justice process
  • use appropriate police powers and prepare prosecution briefs.

Working Conditions

Indigenous community liaison officers are required to work shifts, including weekends and public holidays, and may serve in urban and remote communities.

Indigenous community liaison officers usually have limited police powers, although in certain circumstances they may assist police officers with law enforcement tasks such as arrest, search and detainment. In Tasmania and WA, however, there is no separate Indigenous community liaison officer programme. Instead, fully sworn members of the police force perform this function specialising in the liaison role.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy working with people
  • good communication and negotiation skills
  • of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • of sound character
  • acceptable traffic/criminal record
  • medically and physically fit.

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