Libby Bleakley

Libby Bleakley

Libby has been a Police Officer for nearly 30 years, 19 years of which she served with the New South Wales (NSW) Police Force and during that time she specialised in crime prevention, sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, victim support and Indigenous issues. In 1992, she established and co-ordinated the first “Victim Support Unit” for the NSW Police and worked extensively with victims of crime. (Award received – Rotary Pride of Workmanship).

In 1996 – 1997, she held a position on the NSW Police Commissioner’s State Domestic Violence team. Libby developed and implemented the “Family Violence Awareness Training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities” which she delivered to Aboriginal communities throughout NSW and to inmates in various Correctional Centres. (Awards received – Parliament House – Stop Domestic Violence Day Award; NSW Police Commissioners Commendation).

In 1999-2005, Libby held the position of Youth Liaison Officer, implementing the NSW Young offenders Act, training police and mediating and resolving conflict between offenders and their victims.

Libby developed the “Ride for Respect “, crime prevention initiative which she conducted annually for 8 years. (Awards received – NSW Police Commissioner’s Commendation; NSW Police Western Region Commendation; National Cycling Promotion Fund – Special Achievement Award).

In 2005-2006, Libby worked at Redfern Police Citizens’ Youth Club (PCYC) as the Program Officer for local youth and indigenous communities. (Award received – Rotary Vocational Excellence Award).

In 2007-2008, Libby was seconded to the Australian Crime Commission’s “National Indigenous Intelligence Task Force”.

Her passion for crime prevention also flowed into her private life which led her to work in Alaska and Canada (Rotary GSE) with Police and Native communities, for two months in 1995.

In 2003, Libby attended Ensenada Prison in Mexico and undertook a 3 week training program in criminal rehabilitation, delivered by ex-drug cartels. In 2004, she returned to Ensenada to work with some ex-inmates and their families.

Throughout her NSW Policing years, Libby built a strong rapport with many communities, also focusing on Indigenous Elders and Leaders and she developed the Indigenous Elder’s Group, “Elders Walkabout”. (Award received – International Humanitarian Paul Harris Award).

Libby’s continuing interest for community, culture and crime prevention led her to explore the international arena by joining the Australian Federal Police International Deployment Group in 2008. Since then, she has been deployed to the Northern Territory during the “Government Intervention” (2008), Sudan with the United Nations (2009), Timor-Leste with the United Nations (2010-11) and then the AFP Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLPDP) in Dili (2012-14).

From 2014 to 2019, Libby was based in Sydney working in various AFP roles, she resigned from the AFP in February this year.

Her biggest achievement was during her personal time where she developed her own crime prevention initiative, a youth and community centre in Timor-Leste. The initiative is a registered RAWCS project and Libby joined the Rotary Club of Blackheath in 2014.