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On one of the toughest beats in town, a cop lays down his gun and takes up a new style of policing. Community Cop follows Constable Andrew “AJ” Allen working with the young African refugee community in the Flemington high-rise estate in inner city Melbourne.

The estate is home to 4000 people, many of them from war-torn Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia. It is a diverse, volatile and complex neighbourhood with a history of high crime, tough policing, and escalating clashes between the police and young people who often see police as the enemy.

With limited resources but assistance from key community members including youth worker Ahmed Ahmed and youth ‘troublemaker’ turned advocate Ahmed Dini, AJ sets out to earn the trust of this suspicious community. It is a tough job, when some even within his own ranks regard this community policing as a waste of time and money.

Watch interviews with Ahmed Dini, Ahmed Ahmed and others featured in Community Cop plus many more stories by viewing the wonderful interactive SBS website “Africa to Australia: All Stories.”

  • Director
    Helen Gaynor
  • Producer
    Sally Ingleton
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    National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
    Level 1, 45 Murray Street
    NSW 2009

    Tel: +61 2 8202 0138
    Fax: +61 2 8202 0101


  • Nominated
    Media Peace Award - Promotion of Multicultural Issues, United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Chapter)