Policing in a culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse society

NSW Police Force is committed to:

  • Building trust and partnerships with culturally diverse communities through respect, dialogue, cooperation, appropriate and effective consultation and communication;
  • Reducing crime and violence and the community’s fear of crime; and
  • Building a committed and confident workforce by recruiting and retaining the right people, and fully developing the talents of people we have by providing career and development opportunities as well as reward and recognition for competent practices.
The NSW Police Force Multicultural Policing Strategy 2021-2025

Police Multicultural Advisory Council (PMAC)

The Police Multicultural Advisory Council (PMAC) assist the NSW Police Force by providing advice and identifying significant issues. They also facilitate partnerships between police and communities from diverse cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds to contribute to crime prevention.

The objectives of the Council are to:

  1. Facilitate open, direct and two-way communication between the NSWPF Executive and external stakeholders on identified issues relating to culturally responsive policing;
  2. Inform the NSW Police Force’s approach and priorities with respect to delivering culturally responsive policing services across NSW;
  3. Identify and address significant emerging issues capable of affecting relations between the NSW Police Force and communities from diverse cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds; and
  4. Lead and facilitate partnerships between police and communities from diverse cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds that contribute to preventing and reducing crime and antisocial behaviour and strengthening social cohesion.

PMAC members as at March 2021 are:

Joseph La Posta, CEO Multicultural

Kenneth Woo, PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion

Clement Meru, SydWest Multicultural Services

Mohamad Chams, Darulfatwa Islamic High Council of Australia

Om Dhungel, Association of Bhutanese in Australia (ABA)

Sakshi Sethi, Intercultural Youth Dialogue

Mr Hany Mena, NSW Department of Health

Melissa Monteiro, Community Migrant Resource Centre

Audrey Hill, Jannawi Family Centre

Jennifer Burn, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Malaemie Fruean (Mal), South West Multicultural and Community Centre, Minto

Alexandra Long, Multicultural Youth Affairs Network (MYAN)

Dr Syeda Zakia Hossain, University of Sydney

Anthony Pang, CASS Care Ltd

Chris Gabriel, Gabriel Holdings

Sifa Mtango, Legal Aid NSW

Una Turalic, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Multicultural Health Service

Jawat Kabir, NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)

Demila Gabriel, Businesswoman

Multicultural Community Liaison Officers

The Multicultural Community Liaison Officer (MCLO) program employs civilian officers at the local level to work with communities and police to strengthen links and facilitate communication and interaction between police and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. MCLOs identify local priorities for police and culturally diverse communities, encourage partnerships and forge better relationships between police officers and members of the community.

If you would like to speak to a MCLO, they are located at the following Commands:

Eastern Beaches, St. George, Sydney City, Blacktown, Kuring-Gai, Mt Druitt,, Nepean,  North Shore, Parramatta, Ryde, Auburn, Bankstown,  Burwood, Campbelltown , Campsie, Cumberland, Fairfield, Liverpool,  Coffs Clarence, Newcastle and Wollongong.

The MCLO Program Coordinator can be contacted at crimeprev@police.nsw.gov.au

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  • Mateso ya Nyumbani na ndani ya Familia(Domestic & Family Violence)

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For more multi-lingual information about personal safety, please visit the resources page.