Women reach out to police

Sisterly support: Rosheen Saunders [centre] from Sistas for Sistas and Senior Constable Odette Hansen from Green Valley police at the Know Us, Respect Us event, held at Miller last week. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Sisterly support: Rosheen Saunders [centre] from Sistas for Sistas and Senior Constable Odette Hansen from Green Valley police at the Know Us, Respect Us event, held at Miller last week. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

A LIVERPOOL Aboriginal women's support group has made it their mission to strengthen the bond between police and women.

Liverpool Women's Resource Centre's Sistas for Sistas group joined Green Valley police to hold the Know Us, Respect Us event on Thursday.

The event at Miller Square served as a meet-and-greet for the community and police from the local area command.

Rosheen Saunders from Sistas for Sistas said it was important for Aboriginal women to build a strong relationship with local police.

"The event was a fun day," she said. "There was a sausage sizzle, activities and games for the kids and face-painting".

"I feel that it is time for a change and everyone needs to come to the party.

"Sistas for Sistas are dedicated to making positive changes and create awareness of domestic violence in our community."

Detective Superintendent James Johnson, the Green Valley area commander, said that local police had been involved for three years.

"The previous events have focused primarily on creating awareness of domestic violence in the Aboriginal community," he said.

"This year was all about building a better relationship between us and the community.

"This year was an astounding event and I have been very lucky to have a crime management team who want to work closely with their community.

Details: lwrc.org.au.

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