What is being done?
The Victorian Government and the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police share a commitment to reduce crime and keep our state safe.
The commitments the Government has made in this and future Community Safety Statements will provide Victoria Police with the people, powers and technology they need to respond to crime, now and in the future.
While our police are the experts in fighting crime, it’s important to acknowledge that Victoria Police is one of many agencies responsible for keeping our state safe. Other government agencies and the broader justice system all play fundamental roles in promoting a safe and just Victoria.
In the Community Safety Statement 2017, the Government set five priorities to make Victoria safer:
- Reducing harm – so threats are identified and prevented, and Victorians are safe from crime
- Increasing connection to the community – so communities’ concerns are listened to and acted on, and police have a highly visible presence on our streets
- Putting victims first – so victims are at the heart of policing, and women and children live free from family violence
- Holding offenders to account – so people who commit crime are punished
- Improving Victoria Police capability, culture and technology – so the police force has everything it needs to fight crime and keep our state safe.
The Government also outlined the expected outcomes from the Community Safety Statement commitments and the indicators of progress toward these outcomes.
Progressing on the commitments of the first Statement, this Community Safety Statement 2018/19 sets out:
- how the Government will measure progress
- what we have been doing to increase community safety
- what’s next.
Since the first Community Safety Statement was released, the Government has heard from more than 4,900 Victorians on their views about community safety.
The findings of this consultation are used to map expectations and ideas about community safety, and to help shape our community safety policy and priorities.
Holding offenders to account
Tougher laws and penalties and a stronger bail and parole system help keep our communities safe from crime. In 2018, the Victorian Government will introduce new reforms to crime legislation and ensure that Victoria Police have the tools they need to detect, investigate and prosecute offenders.
Improving Victoria Police capability, culture and technology
Our police need the right training, technology, and tools to help keep our state safe. The Government is investing in a modern police service that reflects the community it serves. We also need our police to be healthy and well. It’s why Victoria Police is increasing mental health awareness and improving wellbeing with better access for its staff to mental health support.