About the project

The Community Safety Networks project provides Victorian communities with a direct platform to discuss local crime issues and policing priorities.

Community Safety Networks will be set up across 12 communities over the next two years, giving residents a greater voice in Victoria Police’s ongoing efforts to combat crime.

The first six Community Safety Networks - Ballarat, Cardinia, Latrobe, Melton, Whittlesea and Wyndham - began in 2017. The second group started their engagement in June 2018 and includes the communities of Brimbank, Dandenong, Frankston, Greater Geelong and Bellarine, Knox and Greater Shepparton.

Local residents, councils and community groups are encouraged to take part in the project and have a greater voice in Victoria Police’s ongoing efforts to improve community safety.

The networks will also provide residents with accurate information and resources about local crime trends and safety issues, including crime prevention advice.

The Community Safety Networks project is a new initiative as part of the Victorian Government's Community Safety Statement.

Who will be involved?

The networks will be made up of local residents, councils and community groups, and they will take part in a range of forums and initiatives involving Victoria Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers and the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

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The community activities and online consultation for the first six communities have now been completed, however local community safety committees, either through establishing a new group or linking in with existing community safety committees, will now look closely at the information gathered from these activities and use your insights to develop and implement crime prevention projects in your community.

This information may also be used to help inform local operational policing priorities as well as community safety and crime prevention activities overseen by project partners, Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Stoppers.

If you would like to receive further information about the project and the activities of your local community safety committee, you can supply your email address by entering it into the ‘Stay informed’ section on your community's page.

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