Police and African-Australian community leaders will today have a highly-visible presence in and around the Wyndham area as a part of continued efforts to jointly address antisocial behaviour and youth offending in the area.

Wyndham Local Area Commander, Inspector Peter Bitton, said South Sudanese community leaders would join police on their patrols of the Tarneit Central Shopping Centre from 2 to 5pm.

“Police have been working closely with community leaders over the past year to boost efforts to tackle antisocial behaviour and youth offending,” Acting Inspector Bitton said

“The joint-patrol is just one of the ways that police are working with the community hand-in-hand to address the criminal behaviour that we’ve seen recently.”

Victoria Police is eager to be working with dedicated African leaders and volunteers on the issues that affect members in their community and the broader community as a whole.

“We all have a collective social responsibility to address the issues we’ve been seeing in our community, and this is one of the ways we’re working together to tackle them head-on.”

Community members will also be able speak to police officers at a pop-up police station which will be set up today at the shopping centre.

“We know that working with community leaders on the ground, especially at major events like New Year’s Eve, has proved extremely successful,” Acting Inspector Bitton said.

“Community leaders do a great job at encouraging everyone to feel safe, comfortable and confident to speak to police about any of their concerns.”

Source: Victoria Police Online News Centre website

Cathy Le

Media