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Sarma Rumbachs

Year of Award: 2013 Award State: New South Wales Emergency Services > Police
Social Welfare > Children Care And Protection
To study the effectiveness of public sex offender registers and the impact on the community and policing - USA, UK
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My project was to study the effectiveness of public sex offender registers and the impact on the community and policing, incorporating best practice for the management of sex offenders in the community.

The aims of my project included:

  • Looking at the various models of disclosure of sex offender information in the United Kingdom and the United States of America
  • Examining and evaluating the effectiveness of allowing the public access (via various methods) to sex offender information
  • Looking at examples of best practice by various agencies including law enforcement, government agencies and community based organisations in the management of sex offenders in the community
  • To share my findings with the relevant agencies tasked with the protection of the community, and in particular with the most vulnerable in our community- our children
  • To share relevant NSW Police Force policy and procedure regarding sex offender management with colleagues in law enforcement in other countries

The highlight of my journey was to meet with like minded people, who face the same challenges in dealing with this difficult area of policing and the field of sex offender management.

Every single person I met with was so dedicated to the cause of protecting children and the community against those who want to bring them harm, and pose a significant threat.

Being able to share my knowledge of the practices in sex offender management and law in this area from an Australian perspective, and compare our systems was an amazing experience.

It is one thing to read about these matters, but the impact of meeting with, watching the work in progress, and conversing so openly with people in this field is something I will never forget.

Being able to go into the field with the officers in the UK was a great experience, their professionalism and compassion was enlightening.

I am indebted to the Churchill Fellowship for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

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