Ambassador Q&A: Shane Reid
Sergeant Shane Reid talks about the synergy between his professional role and his responsibilities as a White Ribbon Ambassador to raise community awareness regarding men’s violence against women.
What is your day job?
I am a Sergeant for the Queensland Police, specifically working as the Shift Supervisor at Warwick Police Station in Queensland.
How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?
I have been a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2010.
Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?
I was appointed as the Warwick District Domestic Violence Liaison Officer within the Queensland Police Service, and after hearing a presentation in Brisbane about White Ribbon, I felt it would strongly support the role I was undertaking.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign?
In 2010, I commenced a White Ribbon/Domestic Violence Awareness Project involving CEO Challenge as my project partners and supporting the local Warwick Domestic Violence Safe Haven. The project was simply selling white ribbon stickers and displaying them on the windscreens of trucks and other vehicles throughout Queensland and other states. The project expanded from 500 stickers in 2010 to over 5000 in 2013. The project was awarded the Queensland Government Domestic Violence Prevention Award in 2011.
Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?
Domestic Violence affects all walks of life regardless of gender or race. Every person whether female or male has a right to live free of violence.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
I plan to continue supporting the White Ribbon social movement through speaking as an Ambassador at public functions whilst maintaining my role as a police officer in dealing with, and always trying to reduce the incidents of men’s violence against women. I will also and promote the reporting of domestic and family violence in my community to hold those perpetrators to account.