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Scholarship Recipient Of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Visits Winnipeg

Sergeant Matthew Moloney of the Queensland Police Service was in Winnipeg consulting with members of the Winnipeg Police Service to further his research regarding police interactions with Indigenous Persons suffering a mental health crisis.Between the 21st and 25th of June, Sergeant Matthew Moloney of the Queensland Police Service was in Winnipeg consulting with members of the Winnipeg Police Service to further his research regarding police interactions with Indigenous Persons suffering a mental health crisis.

The Queensland Police Service covers an area nearly three times that of Manitoba and consists of approximately ten thousand sworn members and roughly four thousand, five hundred non-sworn members performing various roles. .  Their Service is comprised of over 300 police stations, 100 police beats/shop fronts, fifteen district offices, five regional offices, nineteen communications centres and two police academies; one in Brisbane and the other in Townsville.

During his initial research into effective police response to Indigenous Persons suffering a mental health crisis, Sergeant Moloney liaised with Staff Sergeant Robert Chrismas of the Winnipeg Police Service.  As a result, he ensured that his travels brought him to Winnipeg where he focused his research on how mental illness rates as an organizational priority, what priority it should be in Queensland, how police work with other stakeholders and effective strategies for reaching out to members of aboriginal communities in Australia and Canada.

“During my brief stay, I found Winnipeg police have a culture of innovation, which is something that I took away as an important organizational cultural value to have.” Sergearnt Moloney noted.

During his research, Sergeant Moloney has travelled to and consulted with the Maui (Hawaii) Police Department, Sitka (Alaska) Police Department, Alaska State troopers, Vancouver (BC) Police Service, Surrey (BC) Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Los Angeles (California) Police Department, Fairfax County (Virginia) Police Department, Montreal (QC) Police Service, Ottawa (ON) Royal Canadian Mounted Police and now Winnipeg.  He will end his research after meeting with the Calgary Police Service and finally, with members of the New Zealand National Police Service.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established in 1965 to fund citizens from all backgrounds to travel overseas in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling current challenges facing Australia.  

More can be found at https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/.