ACT Policing in partnership with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) will be showing its support for White Ribbon Day through a joint ‘Men in Uniform’ campaign this Saturday (November 24).
Chief Police Officer for the ACT Roman Quaedvlieg — a White Ribbon Day Ambassador — said that supporting the efforts of the White Ribbon Foundation through the Men in Uniform partnership is an important community engagement for police, delivering a clear message that violence against women won’t be tolerated.
“Officers are often called to respond to family violence matters. In the past 12 months, ACT Policing attended more than 2800 incidents which have an element of family violence,” Assistant Commissioner Quaedvlieg said.
Over the past three years ACT Policing has seen a decrease of 24 per cent in the number of family violence incidents attended by officers.
“Traditionally, men are the offenders in family violence incidents, so we are asking all men — husbands, fathers, brothers and sons — to attend one of our stalls this Saturday and undertake an oath to eliminate violence against women.”
The Men in Uniform stalls will be located at the five major shopping centers across Canberra along with Bunnings’ stores in Belconnen, Fyshwick and Tuggeranong. Stalls will be staffed by members of ACT Policing, AFP recruits, the ADF and ESA from 10am to 2pm.
Chief Police Officer for the ACT Roman Quaedvlieg, along with Deputy Chief Police Officers David McLean and David Pryce, and former Deputy Chief Police Officer Bruce Hill, will be present at the stalls.
The Men in Uniform video pledge can be found at www.youtube.com/actpolicing.
Last year’s Men in Uniform stalls raised more than $20 000 for the cause.