Crime Busters event in Shepparton

By Laura Briggs

Residents of Greater Shepparton will have the chance to help crack cold cases and learn from some of Australia’s leading barristers and detectives as part of this year’s Law Week.

Deakin University will be running a regional roadshow starting in Ballarat today, before it makes its way to Shepparton on Wednesday.

The free event, which will be in collaboration with the Sentencing Advisory Council, Victoria Police, the Adult Parole Board and regional legal services, aims to promote community discussion about crime and how offenders are dealt with.

A number of sessions will be on during the day including a You Be The Judge session at 1pm where secondary school students will be invited to attend and decide on a sentence for a real life crime.

Afternoon sessions from 4pm will be an opportunity for the general public to listen to a presentation from Victoria Police’s Cold Case Unit, as well as hear Deakin Associate Professor Theo Alexander, the barrister for Bourke St killer James Gargasoulas, interviewed about defending the mentally impaired.

There will be various other sessions during the day at which regional crime issues will be addressed, and information will be available on how the community can access legal help.

Deakin Law School deputy head Professor Marilyn McMahon encouraged Greater Shepparton people to attend the event.

‘‘Our speakers are experts and include senior police, academics, a barrister, and a former judge — people who can provide unique behind-the-scenes insights into how our criminal justice system really works,’’ Prof McMahon said.

Crime Busters Shepparton will be at Riverlinks Eastbank tomorrow from 1pm.