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 Policies and Services Plan 2017 – 2020

Police Multicultural Advisory Council (PMAC)

The Council assists the NSW Police Force in identifying significant issues and facilitate partnerships between police and non-Aboriginal communities from diverse cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds that contribute to reducing crime, the fear of crime.

The objectives of the Council are to:

  1. Inform the NSW Police Force’s approach and priorities with respect to delivering culturally responsive policing services across NSW;
  2. Identify significant emerging issues capable of affecting relations between the NSW Police Force and non-Aboriginal communities from diverse cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds;
  3. Lead and facilitate partnerships between police and non-Aboriginal communities from diverse cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds that contribute to reducing crime and antisocial behaviour and the perception and fear thereof; and
  4. Facilitate open, direct and two-way communication between the NSWPF Executive and external stakeholders on identified issues relating to culturally responsive policing.  Community representatives have been appointed as standing members of the Council for a term of two years.

The standing members are:

  • Daphne Lowe Kelley, past chair of the Chinese Heritage Association of Australia 
  • Bernadette Agyepong, Manager Boronia Multicultural Services Inc 
  • Carlos Reis, Head of International Student Recruitment, Collarts and Macleay Colleges
  • Faduma Geddi, The Salvation Army, Training & Quality Assurance Officer
  • Hakan Harman, CEO Multicultural NSW
  • Jeremy Jones AM, Director of International & Community Affairs, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council
  • Ken Habak OAM, Chair of the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra
  • Kenneth Woo, PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia
  • Mala Mehta OAM, Honorary Founder/President Teacher, IABBV Hindi School Inc (within the NSW DEC Community Language Schools Program)
  • Namhee Ko, National Unification Advisory Council Australia and Korean Society of Sydney
  • Pino Migliorino, Managing Director of Cultural Perspectives Group
  • Prof Abd-Elmasih Malak AM, Chair of Multicultural Mental Health Australia Association
  • Shiekh Youssef Nabha, Imam of Masjid Arrahman, Kingsgrove
  • Tarik Abdulhak, barrister and former Senior Legal Adviser, Commission for International Justice & Accountability
  • Thelma Thomas, vocalist and community art activist
  • Tia Roko, consultant and former CEO Auburn Diversity Services
  • Violet Roumeliotis, CEO Settlement Services International

The Council holds community consultations to discuss and agree on priorities for adoption by the NSW Police Force with the Commissioner and Corporate Sponsor for Cultural Diversity.

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.

You can speak to a MCLO if you need help to report a crime to police, or raise any issues of concern with police. MCLOs are located at the following Local Area Commands:

Bankstown, Blacktown, Burwood, Cabramatta, Campbelltown, Ashfield, Macquarie Fields, Eastwood, Fairfield, Flemington (Auburn), Liverpool, Holroyd (Merrylands), Kuring-gai (Hornsby), Mt.Druitt, Campsie, Green Valley, Rosehill (Granville), City Central (Darling Harbour), Wollongong, St. George (Kogarah), Hurstville, Parramatta, Northern Beaches (Dee Why), Manly, Marrickville, and North Shore (Chatswood).

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