Crime Stoppers WA’s Civics and Citizenship program wins international award

Crime Stoppers WA chief executive Vince Hughes with the Crime Stoppers International Award for its Civics and Citizenship  program.
Crime Stoppers WA chief executive Vince Hughes with the Crime Stoppers International Award for its Civics and Citizenship program.

CRIME Stoppers WA’s Civics and Citizenship program has been recognised at the 2018 Crime Stoppers International Conference in The Hague, Netherlands.

The free online program, developed in 2017, links the themes of democratic values, active citizenship, laws and crime with the community reporting role of Crime Stoppers.

Schools from across Perth have implemented the program, which involved lesson ideas for students from years 7 to 10.

The program won the Crime Stoppers International Specialised Program award.

Crime Stoppers WA board chairwoman Pam Henry said the award acknowledged the hard work put in by current and past staff to develop the program.

“The award also acknowledges the important connection that Crime Stoppers has with the community and the vital role it plays in helping to stop, solve and prevent crime,” Dr Henry said.

“Civics and citizenship is traditionally a challenging subject to teach to students, creating content that is dynamic and engaging, provides teachers with tools that will help to shape student attitudes and values, and encourage students to become active members of their community and society in general.

“They become familiar with what Crime Stoppers is, what we do and the ‘anonymous’ role that we play in reporting past, current or future criminal activity.”

Since March 2017, the program had more than 1040 downloads from about 70 per cent of WA secondary education providers.

All five WA universities have downloaded the program as well as other national universities, including University of Sydney, University of New England, University of Queensland and University of Tasmania.

For information, visit www.crimestopperswa.com.au/for-schools or call 1800 333 000 to make a report.