Kid-savvy cop is up for award

Tam McKeown is up for the WA Child Safety Police and Emergency Services Award.
Tam McKeown is up for the WA Child Safety Police and Emergency Services Award.

He was nominated for the award through the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation Child Safety Awards 2015.

The awards recognise people and projects that protect young people from harm and promote a safer community.

Const McKeown was the catalyst behind the Students Advising Youth project.

Kids doing the project create a film to educate their peers on that year�s chosen topic, for example last year�s topic was drugs.

The project has been adopted around Australia and spawned similar projects overseas.

Cons McKeown has been policing for 24 years.

He started out in Strathclyde in Scotland and moved to WA in 2007.

It was while he was working as a crime prevention officer that he began to feel their approach wasn�t working.

�We were trying to educate young people and it was almost like we were preaching to them,� he said.

�Kids listen to kids � they know what resonates among their age group.

�So many projects haven�t tapped into this resource.�

Const McKeown said the project would not exist without the kids and a partnership formed with the Mandurah Lion�s Club.

Constable Care Child Safety Foundation CEO David Gribble said the awards show the ongoing need for child safety initiatives across the State.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on August 1.