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Punitive policing doesn’t make Aboriginal people safer. Community solutions can

Our co-chair Sarah Hopkins and Executive Committee member Daniel Daylight published an article in the Guardian.


Punitive policing doesn’t make Aboriginal people safer. Community solutions can.

“This is a question about a culture of policing and an experience of oppression that pervades Aboriginal lives.”

It is about the inherent racism of systems that do not support Aboriginal people to lead their own solutions but instead focus on controlling them. Genuine police community partnerships involve police at the local level developing a new culture that is prepared to tackle racism and recognise the need for self-determination.

If we are real about this, there needs to be a shift in resources out of policing and prisons and into community-led solutions that address underlying drivers of crime, which have little to do with policing and everything to do with community aspirations and resilience.

Ultimately, that means a shift in power from government to community. That is the crux of community-led justice reinvestment.

“From a very emotional debate is arising a long overdue and much needed discussion about police divestment.”

The article is available here.


Sarah Hopkins

Co-Chair, Just Reinvest NSW
Managing Solicitor, Justice Projects, Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT


Daniel Daylight

Proud Gamilaraay (NSW) man who has family ties to the Gubi Gubi nation (QLD)

Executive Committee member of Just Reinvest NSW

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