Marrickville Legal Centre has come up with an artfully designed pocket card to help young people know what to say and do when they have interactions with police.

The card, which was distributed as part of a legal education program at Belmore Youth Resource Centre, gives young people tips like suggesting they film any interactions with police.

“We know that young people are often intimidated when they encounter police,” says Vasili Maroulis, one of the youth solicitors from Marrickville Legal Centre, who delivered the training.

“Amongst the tips in the card: It is legal to film such interactions and it’s a good idea, because everyone tends to be more aware of how their behaviour appears when the camera is rolling,” he says.

The pocket card was used as part of an eight-week curriculum delivered to young people from the Canterbury-Bankstown area, ahead of Youth Week (13-22 April).

The program, “Lawyer Up”, involved legal education and videos in four key areas:

  • Police Powers
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Sexting
  • Public transport issues

“The young people asked lots of questions during the sessions and it seemed to be thought-provoking for them,” says Frankie Sullivan, the other youth solicitor involved in the program.

The youth team from the City of Canterbury Bankstown was a partner in developing the material and approached a number of schools to ensure the material reached a large number of young people.

The work was funded thanks to a grant from the City of Canterbury Bankstown.

Police powers ... Marrickville Youth Solicitor Frankie Sullivan and the pocket cards.