Cutajars latest work gets police tick of approval
- 16th July 2017
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CHAPTER: Well-known Wollongong martial artist Mick
Cutajar is ecstatic that a paper he has written on
policing has been published in the Australasian Institute
of Policing journal. Picture: Agron Latifi
upon a time nothing good came when the words Mick
Cutajar and police were mentioned in the same sentence.
the Wollongong man and the law are literally on the
same page nowadays.
much so that the Australasian Institute of Policing
(AiPol) has published a paper written by Mr Cutajar.
paper which deals on the increased needs for both
security and police departments, comes 21 years after
Mr Cutajar spent time in jail for robbery.
fact that it was picked up by a police journal caught
me and my lecturer off guard, he said.
cant believe the police picked it up and published
it in a journal considering what I did 21 years ago.
really happy that they have. I guess my relationship
with police has gone full-circle really.
paper is published in Volume 9, Number 1, 2017 of
the Journal of the Australasian Institute of Policing.
primarily about the gap between police and military
for general security and those who deal with the public,
Mr Cutajar said.
well-known Wollongong martial artist originally presented
the paper at an international conference on policing
Cutajar was supposed to fly out to Abu Dhabi last
November to present the paper but 12 hours before
organisers pulled the plug and he along with four
other conference speakers had to present their talks
via video feed.
past I guess caught up with me there. But I still
got to present the paper via video and good things
have happened ever since, he said.
of those good things was completing his Master of
Terrorism and Securities Studies degree at Charles
49-year-old said doing this helped him during a very
difficult time in his life.
Cutajar is still battling depression and anxiety,
but knows things could have been much worse had he
not had an outlet of reading and studying.
said to stop uni but reading and doing the course
saved my life, he said.
quit school when I was 14 but nowadays Im all
for the saying youre never too old to study.
lot of the good things that are happening now are
because of the courses Im studying.
also given me so much more confidence to try new things
in life. This includes writing a book called Safe
& Effective Tackling Methods.