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The purpose of the Suburban Police Strategy (SPS) is to engage with the community on real and perceived issues of crime and safety to reduce and prevent the impact of crime.
Police actively patrol suburbs to provide high police visibility and to respond to concerns in their local community.
How does it work?
The SPS is an intelligence-led strategy where issues relating to crime and safety are actively sought out and addressed. The strategy’s focus is first and foremost on preventing crime. It encourages members to know their community and police it accordingly.
Increasing the effectiveness of crime and safety management is achieved by closer interaction between the public and the police through Accessibility and Engagement.
Accessibility — active patrolling of allocated/identified suburbs by patrol, and activity whereby members are available to answer questions or deal with general enquiries at a local community level. Includes foot and vehicle patrols.
Engagement — patrol activity whereby members interact with the community (i.e. shopkeepers) to gain information or intelligence on issues and/or crime and an outcome is achieved. (i.e. understanding perceptions/fear of crime, identifying community issues, both real and perceived).
What part can you play?
Suburban policing is all about the partnership between you and your police.
If you have any information about crime in your neighbourhood or you are concerned about suspicious activity, please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Any information you provide may help police protect the community, and calls can be made anonymously if you prefer.
Police also maintain strong relationships with community organisations such as Neighbourhood Watch, as well as ensuring ongoing communication with business owners and schools.