In a proactive move by members of the Naracoorte migrant community, SAPOL officers from Naracoorte, Mt Gambier and Adelaide met with 20 residents on Tuesday night 26th of June to expand understanding and knowledge of Australian law and the role of police officers in the community.
Dr Juma Abyui, SAPOL Community Liaison Officer, gave a presentation at the Naracoorte Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) based partly on his own experiences as a former refugee encountering Australian concepts of law and law enforcement.
Questions from the audience flagged issues such as language barriers; disputed fines; and residents’ rights and responsibilities. As Didar Ali, Hazara community leader and interpreter for the session noted: “We thank SAPOL officers coming here tonight. It was a good night – there was so much information.”
Sergeant Andy Stott, from the Crime Prevention Unit in the Limestone Coast Area, was pleased with the turnout: “The meeting was only supposed to last for one hour, but participants stayed for two hours. Sergeant Stott also said that: “We would like this to be the first in a series of similar engagements.”
For further information, please contact Jenny Stirling, Coordinator of the Naracoorte Migrant Resource Centre on 0409 103 153 or (08) 8762 2955.