Safer Melville, Safe Communities
The City of Melville and WA Police (WAPOL) have reconfirmed their commitment to working together, signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that focuses on a shared goal to continue to support Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) and proactively achieve a Safer Melville.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the MOU outlines the role WA Police play as a key stakeholder in Safer Melville, with both local police stations and the WA Police Community Engagement Team represented on the City’s Safer Melville Advisory Committee.
“The City’s Community Safety Service (CSS) also play an important role in supporting WA Police, liaising directly with local police as they go about their patrols so incidents can be followed up more rapidly for the safety of the community,” said Mayor Aubrey.
“With the Safer Melville Advisory Committee made up of a number of key stakeholders, the Committee has aligned itself to the international Safe Communities Framework and led the City of Melville to become the first community in Western Australia to be accredited as a Pan Pacific Safe Community, which is a fantastic achievement.
“The MOU also details WAPOL’s role in providing the City with crime statistics, which has given the City key data to help identify its’ priorities for the 2017 - 2021 Safer Melville Plan.”
In addition to working with WAPOL, the City hosted an annual planning workshop on 19 June 2017, for the City of Melville NHW committee which celebrated their achievements of the past year and plans for the next. The annual planning workshop was attended by the Officers in Charge of the local police stations and the State NHW Coordinator.
Having signed the first MOU in 2009, the City of Melville and WAPOL have worked closely together for a number of years, and review the MOU annually to identify further opportunities and ensure that actions agreed upon are implemented and effective. The MOU was re-signed by A/Superintendent Darren Wynn, City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey and City of Melville CEO Shayne Silcox.
“With the renewed MOU in place and the CSS providing daily 24hr patrols across the City, we continue to work towards a Safer Melville, however we also remind the community that they play a large part in keeping our neighbourhoods safe by reporting incidents or suspicious activities to police on 131 444,” said Mayor Aubrey.