Gender Advisor & International Policing Consultant
Melissa Jardine is a Director for the Global Law Enforcement & Public Health Association (gleapha.wildapricot.org). GLEPHA is a unique organisation founded to further policy and practice that underpins the growing and significant developments which recognise the inter-related nature of law enforcement and public health. Melissa is also Gender Advisor & Communications Manager for the Centre for Law Enforcement & Public Health (www.cleph.com.au). She has written and delivered a range of international police training packages regarding HIV prevention, harm reduction approaches to drug use and sex work, and police-public health leadership.
Melissa was a Victoria Police officer for 10 years (2001-2011) working at the frontline and in criminal investigations. She completed a Master of Asian Studies at Monash University with a focus on the relationship between provincial economic growth in China and capital punishment for economic crimes, and studied Counter-terrorism in ASEAN. Followed by a Master of Philosophy at The University of Melbourne, examining police responses to the implementation of drug harm reduction programs in Hanoi, Vietnam. The research highlighted the complexities of the police response role to illicit drug use in an environment characterised by a conflicting regulatory framework, and political and organisational incentives predisposing police to certain decisions. Melissa has long term interest in the development of policing in Asia and is researched the professionalisation of police in Vietnam for her PhD at UNSW. Which included a focus on how to expand the role of women in policing in Vietnam. In 2017, Melissa was named an Asia 21 Young Leader by the Asia Society. Melissa was featured in the Victoria Police 'Badge and Beyond' Police Life magazine in Winter 2017.
Munyaradzi Ignatius Katumba
Munyaradzi Ignatius Katumba is a Professional Project Manager who has 17 years of experience in managing health related and business development projects and programmes within the private sector and civil society organisations. The projects and programmes range from HIV and AIDS, law enforcement training on human rights and key populations, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, governance, organisational development and business start-ups.
Munya Katumba is assisting the Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health in development of a regional law enforcement and public health network in Africa. He is a consultant to Stichting Aidsfonds, a Dutch HIV and AIDS foundation on police collaborations within Southern Africa. He is leading on the review of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation (SARPPCCO) HIV and AIDS policy, development of a training programme and its implementation. Prior, Munya worked with COC Netherlands on the development of a police training programme on police health and human rights for key populations (LGBTI, people who use drugs and sex workers) in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Munya has a Master of Science in Project Management from University of Liverpool (UK) and has plans to pursue a PHD Public Health policy programme with special interest on law enforcement and public health.
Research and Communications Assistant
Mariah Petsas is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology at RMIT University. Mariah has a clear understanding of the criminal justice system as well as psychology. Throughout her studies she has taken subjects in crime prevention and law enforcement and will continue to learn more about these issues over the next few years. Through this she has a genuine engagement with CLEPH's vision.