Message from the Chief Commissioner


Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer (ACLO) Program

Release date: Thu 24 May 2007

Last updated: Mon 26 October 2015

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Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer (ACLO) Program

The  Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer (ACLO) Program is an initiative of Victoria Police to enhance the relationship between Victoria Police and the Victorian Aboriginal communities. The ACLO Program provides the necessary link to engage in a proactive community policing approach that instigates positive change within the current relationships.

The key objectives of the ACLO Program are to:

  • Help build a solid foundation of trust and respect between Victoria Police and the Aboriginal community
  • Improve understanding between Police and the Aboriginal community through better communication and working towards positive goals.
  • Provide a strategic link to Victoria Police
  • Support the Victoria Police mission statement - 'A safer and more confident Victoria Police'
  • All ACLOs undertake various initiatives within their local communities to assist in building solid relationships between Victoria Police and Aboriginal people.

Contact: Jacqui Marion, Statewide Coordinator - phone: 9247 5300

Police Aboriginal Liaison Officer (PALO)

Victoria Police has approximately 98 Police Aboriginal Liaison Officers (PALOs) and assistant PALOs spread over 50 police stations throughout Victoria. PALOs have a liaison role, both independently and in partnership with ACLOs, to resolve issues concerning Aboriginal people within their local area. PALOs are sworn members of Victoria Police who perform operational duties as well as performing their PALO portfolio. The APRU actively provides support and advice to PALOs building strong relationships between them, local operational police and Aboriginal communities.


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