About the project

The Community Safety Network (CSN) project began in 2017 and ended in October 2019. Information about the community engagement activities and the projects delivered in each location as can be found on each location’s page.

The Community Safety Networks project provided 12 Victorian communities with a direct platform to discuss local crime issues and policing priorities.

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

Local community safety projects were delivered in all communities. The projects addressed the insights residents provided about community safety in their community, gathered through the community engagement activities undertaken in each location.

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

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

The Community Safety Networks project was an initiative as part of the Victorian Government's Community Safety Statement.

Who was involved?

The networks were made up of local residents, councils and community groups, and they took 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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Victoria Police and the Department of Justice and Community Safety worked with local community safety committees, either through establishing a new group or linking in with existing community safety committees.

Each network looked closely at the information gathered from the initial community engagement activities and used these insights to develop and implement community safety projects in each community.

This information was also used to inform crime prevention activities overseen by project partners, Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Stoppers.

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