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Geoffrey WILKINSON OAM

Year of Award: 1985 Award State: Victoria Emergency Services > Police
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To study developments in police media relations with particular emphasis on police/community involvement initiatives - USA, Canada, UK, Hong Kong
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Victorian Geoff Wilkinson visited the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom to study developments in police-media relations, focusing on police/community involvement initiatives. Geoff also returned with many ideas for improvement in this country – improvements that were implemented in the next two years.

In 1987, as a direct result of Geoff’s Fellowship, the first Australian ‘Crime Stoppers’ program was begun. It was a resounding success and by the late 1980s all Australian states and territories had adopted the scheme.

Excerpt from “Inspiring Australians” written by Penny Hanley (2015)

Awards and Honours

  • 2008 awarded Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community through the introduction and establishment of crime prevention initiatives, particularly the Crime Stoppers program.
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