Crime Stoppers Victoria 2019 annual award presentations

On Thursday 14 November 2019, Crime Stoppers Victoria hosted our ‘Sponsors and Supporters’ event to thank our important partners and celebrate our achievements together.

Among the evening’s celebrations, two awards were presented in honour of the late Mersina Halvagis and the late Mick Miller, to respective recipients, Councillor of Wyndham City Council, Kim McAliney and Local Area Commander – Geelong, Inspector Paul Edebone.

The Mersina Halvagis award honours both Mersina and the Halvagis family for their incredible support and positive public engagement with Crime Stoppers Victoria.

George Halvagis presenting the 2019 award to Kim McAliney

This year’s Mersina Halvagis award was presented to Kim McAliney. Kim worked with Crime Stoppers to create and introduce the Lights, Camera, Safety project for students in the Wyndham area. This project engaged students from Wyndham schools and facilitated positive engagement between students and police in the local area.

With local media support, the program challenged perceptions of criminal behaviour by young people and highlighted the incredibly positive contribution that young people can make to the local community.

The S.I. Mick Miller award honours former Chief Commissioner Mick Miller and is presented annually to a member of Victoria Police who has made an outstanding contribution to the Victorian Crime Stoppers program.

The Crime Stoppers Victoria Mick Miller award was presented to Inspector Paul Edebone. Paul has been outstanding in his response to Crime Stoppers initiatives including the adoption of the Dob in a Dealer campaign in the Greater Geelong region which resulted in the highest number of information reports from the 18 regional campaigns delivered over a similar time frame. Paul was also a key supporter of the launch of the Consideration is Key campaign in the Greater Geelong region in July 2019.

Inspector Paul Edebone receiving his award from Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton

With Paul’s support, Geelong is a prominent region for information for CSV media releases and wanted warrants.  As a result, Geelong media has been very supportive of Crime Stoppers Victoria campaigns.  An example of this is the launch of a Dob in a Dealer campaign which received front page headlines in both the Geelong Advertiser and Geelong Independent.

Congratulations to this year’s award winners and everyone for their incredible contribution and ongoing support to Crime Stoppers Victoria.

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