Western Australia is one of the most diverse and fastest growing States in Australia with more than 240 languages spoken in WA. The 2016 Census shows that 17.7% of Western Australians speak a language other than English (LOTE) at home and the number of LOTE speakers has increased by nearly 35% since 2011.
In recognition of this trend, Lotterywest is generously supporting Crime Stoppers WA to develop its multilingual reporting capability.
This update will make the safe, secure and anonymous online reporting platform accessible to members of the community who speak a language other than English, so they can more easily report any information they have relating to criminal activity.
This inclusive online approach will assist towards a safer WA by allowing emerging communities to anonymously provide Crime Stoppers WA with information not usually reported.
Members of The Ethnic Communities Council of WA are also instrumental community partners in this project, offering their translation expertise to make the reporting platform available in as many different languages as possible.
Previously, people with English as a second language had to ring Crime Stoppers WA and request access to an interpretive service which caused a delay in providing information.
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
“Crime Stoppers is a valuable tool for the community to provide information about criminal activity.
“Last year alone there were more than 1500 direct arrests in Western Australia as a result of information provided to Crime Stoppers.
“This new initiative will expand the reach and access of Crime Stoppers WA and allow people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to participate in helping to keep their community safe.
“I want to take the opportunity to thank the hardworking team at Crime Stoppers WA and remind the community to report suspicious and criminal activity on the Crime Stoppers number 1800 333 000 or online.”
Comments attributed to CEO Crime Stoppers WA, Dr Vince Hughes:
“Crime Stoppers WA would like to thank members of the public who support Lotterywest and their retailers, as without their support this reporting enhancement would not be possible.”
Comments attributed to Treasurer Ethnic Communities Council of WA, Suresh Rajan:
“The Ethnic Communities Council of WA (ECCWA) support this project, which is a part of a larger community engagement strategy between ECCWA and Crime Stoppers.”