City of Melville and WA Police reaffirm commitment to work together and support Neighbourhood Watch


Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey emphasised the important role residents play in community safety by reporting suspicious activity to police.
Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey emphasised the important role residents play in community safety by reporting suspicious activity to police.

CITY of Melville and WA Police have (WAPOL) signed a new Memorandum on Understanding (MOU), reaffirming their commitment to work together to proactively support Neighbourhood Watch.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the MOU highlighted the role WAPOL played as a key stakeholder on the City’s Safer Melville Advisory Committee.

“The City’s Community Safety Service (CSS) also play an important role in supporting WAPOL, 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,” he said.

“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 WA 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.”

Having signed the first MOU in 2009, the City 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.

“With the renewed MOU in place and the CSS providing daily 24 hour 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,” Mr Aubrey said.

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