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The Club has thrown their support behind this valuable local program for a number of years and are happy to say that this is year has been no different.

The main purpose of The Commanders Active Citizen Program is to promote and encourage positive interaction between Aboriginal Youth and local Police. The programs organisers seek to improve participation in the local Aboriginal Consultative Committee (PACC) meetings, by mentoring and engaging with a group of year 10 Aboriginal students from local high schools within the Tweed Byron Police District.

They provide mentorship and development opportunities to Aboriginal high school students identified by their schools as leaders within their peer groups. The program exposes the students to their Aboriginal culture by fostering good connections with local Aboriginal elders and respected people in the community.

At the end of each program a leadership challenge/camp is conducted with the participants given the opportunity to achieve summiting Mt Kosciuszko together as a group. The positive change in these students upon completion is
remarkable.

Crime Prevention Officer Senior Constable Bradley Foster said “The Commander’s Active Citizens Program (ACP) has been conducted for the past three years now and is the desire of all the involved schools, Police and Aboriginal Consultative Committee (PACC) members, and Tweed Byron Police District that this program be continued and expanded to more schools within the district for many more years to come. The ongoing support of the Tweed Heads Bowls Club makes a real difference to these young local students and for that we are very thankful”.

The Commanders Active Citizens Program is just one of the many ways our local Police contribute to our community and Tweed Heads Bowls Club are proud to support them.

Commanders Active Citizen Program

Senior Constable Bradley Foster pictured far right with this year’s participants.