Brimbank community safety project

The Young Spearhead Project provides young people in the City of Brimbank an opportunity to participate in a youth leadership program that provides a platform to discuss current issues and possible solutions in improving safety, perceptions of police and crime in their community.

A group of 22 young people aged between 14 to 15 years are participating in the 18 week program that will run after school and during school holidays.

The project is in response to the Community Safety Network findings, a result from local residents completing an online survey or participating in face-to-face engagement activities that occurred throughout Brimbank to gather insight and information about safety issues affecting the community.

Following the online survey and community engagement activities that were held in Sunshine, Keilor Downs, Taylors Lakes and Cairnlea, the Young Spearhead Project was developed. A key safety theme for Brimbank residents was to increase educational programs/campaigns and awareness programs to improve the safety of community members in the City of Brimbank. Other concerns raised were burglary, violent crime and public issues.

About the project

The Youth Spearhead Project was developed through consultation with the Brimbank Community Safety Committee comprising Victoria Police, Department of Justice and Community Safety, Brimbank City Council, Youth Junction, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Department of Education and Department of Human Services. It was further designed and is now being delivered by YouthNow.

The Young Spearhead Project is a youth leadership program that encourages young people from the City of Brimbank to play a pivotal role in improving the perception of crime, police and safety within their local area. The project will cover a range of topics that aims to spark discussions and conversations in how young people can play a role in improving community togetherness, community safety and perceptions of police.

Some of the Young Spearhead sessional topics will include:

  • 'We are Brimbank'
  • 'We Build Safe Communities'
  • 'Keep (legally) Healthy'
  • 'We are Cyber Secure'
  • 'We are proud of our Cultural Diversity'
Group photo of members of the Youth Spearhead Project

The Young Spearheads during the 'We are Brimbank' Sunshine Police station tour with Acting LAC, Inspector Fiona Curnow.

Towards the conclusion of the Young Spearhead Project, the participants will be encouraged to identify key messages with the intention of developing a poster/campaign or short film that consolidates all their learnings by sharing their voice when it comes to improving perceptions of safety and police within the City Of Brimbank.

A further update via this page will be provided as the project progresses.

Crime Stoppers 'Say Something' campaign

In Brimbank Crime Stoppers delivered the 'Say Something' campaign to promote community safety and crime prevention.

Crime Stoppers Victoria asks residents to speak out by reporting any information about crime or any suspicious activity to 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

The two-week campaign ran on social media, in local newspapers and radios, in advertisement panels on shopping centers, with posters displayed in community centers and through community engagement activity.

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