Residents in Brimbank, Dandenong, Frankston, Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula, Knox and Shepparton will have a new forum to engage with police and discuss local crime issues and policing priorities.

These are the next six communities where a Community Safety Network is being established, giving residents a greater voice in Victoria Police’s ongoing efforts to combat crime.

Each community will receive up to $50,000 to deliver local crime prevention initiatives through the networks, guided by community feedback.

Up to $25,000 is also available for each site to support Victoria Police led community engagement.

The networks will be made up of local residents, councils and community groups, and they will take part in a range of forums and initiatives involving Victoria Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers and Department of Justice and Regulation.

Over the coming months, local police will be out in the community talking to residents, business owners and commuters to get their feedback on key safety issues.

The networks are a great opportunity for residents to receive accurate information and resources about local crime trends and safety issues, including crime prevention advice.

Thousands of people have already contributed to the first six Community Safety Networks: Wyndham, Melton, Whittlesea, Cardinia, Latrobe and Ballarat -- which began last year.

To learn more about the Community Safety Networks, visit engage.vic.gov.au/communitysafetynetworks (External link)

For more on the Community Safety Statement, visit communitysafety.vic.gov.au (External link)