Each year, Crime Stoppers International recognises a number of individuals, programs, activities and campaigns from around the world for excellence and for their contribution to the achievement of the Crime Stoppers International vision – to help stop, solve and prevent crime globally.
Applications for the Crime Stoppers International Awards 2017 are now closed and judging is underway. More news on the nominations will follow soon.
Join us at the 38th Crime Stoppers International Conference from the 15th to the 18th of October, where this year’s awards will be presented.
We would like to introduce the judges of this year’s Crime Stoppers International Awards
Retired Detective Senior Sergeant
South Australian Police (SAPOL)
Chris Boltje is a retired former Detective Senior Sergeant with South Australia Police (SAPOL) having worked in general patrols, criminal investigations and specialist support areas; and as a manager in child abuse/neglect, family violence and victims of crime.
He holds degrees in Science (Psychology), a Master of Social Science and Certificates in investigation and training.
Chris worked extensively on legislative and inter-agency practice reform for victims of child abuse, was an inaugural member of an Interagency Child Abuse Assessment Panel, attached to the Attorney-General’s Justice Strategy Unit, and chaired working groups that developed an Interagency Code of Practice and Certificate level child abuse and neglect training courses.
He is a former Board member of Victims Support Services, NAPCAN Australia (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) and President of NAPCAN South Australia.
Public Relations Institute of Australia
Michelle Prak is a highly successful public relations consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in PR, corporate communications, media relations, social media, journalism, politics, digital communications and writing. She is President of the South Australian branch of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, a lecturer in PR at the University of South Australia, a state and national media commentator on social media issues and, since 2009, has been the keen caretaker of Adelaide social media community, SocAdl.
Michelle was appointed an inaugural mentor of the Women in Media (South Australia) program in 2015, is a former Board Member of Crime Stoppers South Australia and a former Board Member of SA Writers Centre.
Director of Strategy
ISI Australia Pty Ltd.
Samantha Hunter has over 20 years’ experience in community engagement and communications. She has spent more than a decade working in the community safety sector with roles including both Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Crime Stoppers Victoria (Australia), Deputy Chair of Crime Stoppers Australia and Director of the Victorian Country Fire Authority.
Samantha is the Director of Strategy and Stakeholder Relations for ISI Australia Pty Ltd, a leading innovator in public safety and law enforcement mobile command centres and surveillance tools, and a Director of the Werribee Football Club holding the portfolios of Women in Sport and Community Engagement.
Senior media adviser
NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
Stuart Wallace has worked in newsrooms for 21 years. For the past 15 years, he has worked with Channel Seven television in its Sydney (Australia) newsroom, including 11 years as the station’s Deputy News Director. During this time, Chris worked closely with the New South Wales (NSW) Crime Stoppers team to raise awareness about some of the program’s campaigns.
Most recently, Stuart has joined the office of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet – the lead central agency in the NSW Government – as a senior media adviser. Here he is responsible for managing the delivery of diverse communication and media campaigns and activities, and leading creative production and delivery of media materials across multiple channels, traditional and new (digital, print, radio, television, events and presentations), to promote State government announcements, milestones, initiatives and decisions.