Community safety projects are beginning to take shape as part of stage two of the Community Safety Networks project.
Community safety projects in Brimbank, Greater Dandenong, Frankston, Greater Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula, Knox and Greater Shepparton began to roll out in May 2019 and will continue through to October 2019. The projects aim to respond to concerns previously raised by community members including drug-related violence, burglary, break and enter, dangerous driving and anti-social behaviour by young people.
Local police are now working alongside project partners and community organisations to deliver activities at the sites, many of which have a strong focus on young people and multicultural groups.
Some key activities include:
- a program to empower young leaders in new and emerging communities within Dandenong
- a series of educational breakfast sessions for trade students at Swinburne University in Knox
- preventative education sessions about the factors that lead to crime and drug use in Shepparton
- a leadership program for young people from 14-15 years to examine community safety and crime prevention from a youth perspective in Brimbank
- delivery of practical and emotional support for victims of burglary in Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula.
- establishment of a network of community leaders with opportunities for skills and capacity building in Frankston.
Community safety projects for stage one sites are continuing to be delivered and will wrap up in October 2019, when CSN concludes.
The Community Safety Networks project is a partnership between Victoria Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers Victoria, Crime Statistics Agency and the Department of Justice and Community Safety.
For more information about the Community Safety Networks, including updates for each location, visit the Engage Victoria website