LfG Duty Group Bellarine Blog
Cameron Loftus (CEO Barwon Sports Academy) for Bellarine
Duty Group Bellarine
Law and Order. A key service to our community that often is the
difference between danger and safety. What would our society be
without prisons? A scary thought at first, but the message was
clear. Shouldn't we be thinking about prevention rather than
spending $11 million in the pursuit of reforming young innocent
kids who have somehow evolved into dangerous criminals? This
question was one we were asked to reflect upon as we learned more
about the corrections system. Our presenters shone through as
individuals with a background well suited to understanding their
"clients". Feeling empathy for them and developing curriculum that
they might re-enter society and not become one of the 44% who end
up right back in the correction facility system.
"A society should be judged on how
they treat their most undesirable people"
The facilities, the philosophy, the liberties available are
things I feel a little better informed and aware of now. We were
certainly convinced that the Marngoneet Approach has merit. The
message that it was important to provide opportunity, show respect,
be fair and reasonable, acknowledge and celebrate effort was
convincing. Corrections facilities clearly deal with people who may
have had issues in their background, people who often had little
chance. We were made aware of the important work done by those who
aim to support and rehabilitate these inmates.
Our visit to the Geelong Police station had us presented to by
more influential people. People whose job is to make us a little
safer. All presenters had interesting stories that enabled us to
gain greater insight into the big picture challenges of making our
society safer for our families and friends. A high pressure job
that relies on teamwork, strategy and resilience. The leadership
styles may be different but the commitment, energy and
determination of all involved were consistent.
"Fear or being scared is exciting as
Im going to learn something."
"If you dont measure culture, you
don't get the results."
Finally we heard the "About ME's" from Monique and Tom. The
group was impressed by two such inspiring individuals. Intelligent
and driven, but directed by strong values and beliefs. We are
enjoying sharing this experience with you both.