Footballers turn backs on violence
FOOTBALLERS have turned their backs and chosen to walk away.
In a bold initiative by the Warwick Police, the force has sponsored three popular Warwick football codes in a bid to ban the biff (on and off the field) and are keen for community artistic involvement.
Warwick Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergent Stewart Day said Warwick Police had sponsored the Redbacks (AFL), Water Rats (rugby union) and Cowboys (rugby league) under the banner of One Punch Can Kill, in exchange for players wearing a splash of yellow.
“The yellow One Punch Can Kill logo would appear on the football codes’ uniforms and supporters gear,” Snr Sgt Day said.
Under the pro-active initiative, Warwick Police seek community involvement to help spruce up the campaign with the chance to win $200.
“We’re looking for someone – aged 12 to 18 years old – to design a banner and the winning design will be displayed at home and away games,” Snr Sgt Day said.
“The banner (about 3m by 1m) will appear all over the region from Warwick to Roma, Chinchilla and Dalby.
“The words ‘violence it’s not our game’ is to appear somewhere on the banner.”
Queensland Police statistics state young men between the ages of 15 and 25 are the most likely to be assault victims or offenders.
The Queensland Government’s One Punch Can Kill campaign aims to prevent violence among young people and stop them from making split-second decisions which could ruin their lives or the lives of others.
“We’re trying to reduce assaults in the Warwick area. They don’t just happen at licensed premises or the CBD; it’s an issue which faces our entire community. We’re targeting wide-spread violence,” Snr Sgt Day said.
“People need to know the consequences of their actions, younger ones look up to our local players. We need to stop mindless violence.
“It’s a move to target violence on and off the field.
“There’ll be a steering committee to judge the banners which will have a representative from each of the football codes as well as from police.”
The steering committee will also be used to decide the fate of any registered player (from the participating codes) who is charged with an offence of violence.
“Depending on the seriousness and the circumstance of the crime, the committee will decide how long players will be banned. But we’re hoping the clubs and players will internally police so they’ll pull their mates away from a fight because of the suspension risk,” Snr Sgt Day said.
Entries need to be A4 size with your name and contact phone number clearly on the back and handed into Warwick Police Crime Prevention Co-ordinator Acting Senior Constable Sarah Ellis.
For more information contact Act Snr Const Ellis on 4660 4402 or Ellis.SarahC@police.qld.gov.au
Entries close April 6.