Webinar: ‘Risk, Race and the Challenge of Inclusive Policing’

Associate Professor Leanne Weber held her webinar ‘Risk, Race and the Challenge of Inclusive Policing’ on Tuesday, 18th August 2020. This event built on the global momentum for police reform and provided a forum for discussing possible ways to improve interactions between policy and young people from South Sudanese and Pasifika backgrounds.

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MMIC hosted the ‘Risk, Race and the Challenge of Inclusive Policing’ webinar on Tuesday, 18th August 2020. This event built on the global momentum for police reform and provided a forum for discussing possible inclusive policing policy and practice from the experiences of South Sudanese and Pasifika young people’s engagement with police.

Our Policing, borders and inclusion portfolio lead, Associate Professor Leanne Weber presented findings from her Future Fellowship Research which explores the internal borders that operate within Australia, specifically from her latest report, ‘You’re going to be in this system forever’: Policing, risk and belonging in Greater Dandenong and Casey’ . This research report explores the relationship between policing and belonging in the public space with a focus on the experiences of the Pasifika and South Sudanese young people with police in South East Melbourne. Leanne’s presentation informed the panel discussion that followed around the challenges of inclusive policing.

The panel included the following community members, practitioners and experts on policing and belonging in Melbourne:

  • Aben Deng Kur, Youth Worker at Federation of South Sudanese Associations
  • Katie Miller, Deputy Commissioner, Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission
  • Senior Sergeant Hafiz Mayar, Multicultural Liaison Unit for Southern Metro Regions,Victoria Police
  • Temese Leilua Coordinator of Le Mana (empower) Pasifika project in Melbourne’s southeast and west

The event concluded with an audience Q&A.

An audio recording of Leannes presentation can be streamed here

A video recording of the full webinar can be found here.

Associate Professor Leanne Weber’s speaking notes are available here.

Associate Professor Weber’s research brief, 'Risk-based policing and belonging'