In 2017, a Suncorp Grant was provided to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to trial a new police-led program called the QPS Connected Women’s Program. Working in partnership with the Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland, the QPS delivered an 8-week program designed to build strong relationships between police mentors and young Muslim women in the South Brisbane District of Queensland. The Program’s underlying objective was to link female police mentors with young Muslim women in order to develop a network of participants who felt supported, educated and empowered in the community. Hence, the program aimed to build young Muslim women’s knowledge of police, trust and confidence in police, and their willingness to engage with police in the future.
The Connected Women’s Program was independently evaluated by Professor Kristina Murphy from Griffith University using surveys completed by program participants and depth interviews with police mentors. This report provides the outcome of the participant survey evaluation.