Indigenous Community Liaison Officer

Indigenous community liaison officers liaise with Indigenous communities and the state or territory police forces in order to establish and maintain positive relationships. Indigenous community liaison officers usually have limited police powers, although in certain circumstances they may assist police officers with law enforcement tasks such as arrest, search and detainment. This type of position will involve shift work, weekend and public holiday work, with positions in urban and rural communities. Having an Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander background is encouraged. The number of positions available is growing, but is dependant on the number of Indigenous Australians and police in an area, as well as community funding.

Roles of an Indigenous Community Liaison Officer include:

  • Developing and maintaining contacts between the police and the local Indigenous communities to strengthen cooperation and communication between the parties
  • Improving community knowledge about police services and law and order issues
  • To advise, assist and educate police officers on cross-cultural awareness, potential crime and disorder areas and how to address these issues in order to improve relations
  • Represent and advocate for Indigenous people at committee meetings and juvenile hearings
  • Aid Indigenous recruitment, retention, career management and development strategies

Due to the level of involvement with police and the power bestowed on an individual by the role, it is essential that a person in this position have a sound character, an acceptable traffic/criminal record, be medically fit, have good communication skills, understanding of Indigenous cultures, and enjoy working with people.