The changing environment of policing and recent trends in crime have raised community concerns. New challenges in community safety require more than rhetoric and promises to bring about sustained change. Every Victorian should be entitled to feel safe at any time regardless of where they live or work.

The Community Safety Statement 2017 commits substantial Government funds and effort to deliver a range of projects and initiatives in partnership with Victoria Police and other agencies.

This inaugural report of the Community Safety Trustee sets out the new approach and covers the five key elements of the Community Safety Statement: reducing harm, increased connection to the community, putting victims first, holding offenders to account and improving Victoria Police capability culture and technology.

The report also defines the role of Community Safety Trustee. The position of Community Safety Trustee is independent and has been created to ensure government delivers on its commitments to the Victorian community and agencies implement the projects in accordance with the Community Safety Statement. The expectation is that there will be clear and relevant outcomes, likely to have positive impact on crime in the State of Victoria.

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