Woody lives to make a difference

Senior Aboriginal Police Liaison Officer Harold  ‘Woody’  Humes. Picture: Jon Hewson                      www.communitypix.com.au   d439494
Senior Aboriginal Police Liaison Officer Harold ‘Woody’ Humes. Picture: Jon Hewson                      www.communitypix.com.au d439494

The South East Metropolitan Community Engagement Unit Senior Aboriginal Police Liaison Officer (APLO) has worked for WA Police for 22 years and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of impressionable young Aboriginal and indigenous children, to equip them with life skills for a brighter future.

He has been named as a finalist in the Police and Emergency Services category of the Child Safety Awards 2015, announced by the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation.

�It�s a surprise but it is good to be recognised,� he said.

In his role, Woody recognised the need for young Aboriginal students to have guidance and support from mentors in the community and set up the Youth at Risk Bush Walking Program.

It was designed to encourage young students, particularly boys, to attend and behave at school.

The program rewards those students who are nominated, due to their good behaviour, to attend a bush walk with Woody and other Aboriginal role models.

�They love it� and I enjoy doing it,� he said.

He said it was designed to equip them with survival skills as well as offer them male role models.

�A lot of these young people don�t have a male role model so we act in that role,� he said.

�The look on their faces is great.�

The program was adopted by several local schools and due to the success is being extended this year to include further schools in the district.

Growing up on a mission, Woody has a goal to reach disenfranchised youth and to help them have a better life.

The Constable Care nomination is not the first time Woody has been recognised for his work.

He was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in the 2014 Naidoc Perth Awards for his work on the Drive to the Future training program.

The Drive to the Future program helps young people to get their learner�s permit.

Constable Care Child Safety Foundation chief executive David Gribble said the awards played an important role in highlighting the ongoing need for child safety initiatives across the state.

�Congratulations to Harold and all the finalists in the awards,� he said.

�This year we were blown away with the quality of the entries.

�The commitment by some individuals and organisations to help children and young people is astounding and very admirable.�