Tell the police what’s important in new online survey

FINDING CONNECTIONS… Victoria Police officers at a vehicle check point last week. A new Community Connection Survey is available online for residents to tell police what their main concerns are. Photo: Supplied.

VICTORIA Police is encouraging Goulburn Valley residents to tell them what policing issues are important to them through an online survey.

The Community Connection survey, which will run until the end of the month, provides an opportunity for residents to advise police about any safety concerns, safety improvement ideas, and trust and confidence issues.

According to Leading Senior Constable (LSC), and Crime Prevention Officer at the Shepparton Police Station, Glenn Gibson, people have so far provided information on a range of issues important to them, with safety of property and possessions, alcohol and drug use and road safety receiving the highest number of responses.

Attending community events and foot patrols are also one of the most valued interactions between police and the community, according to results so far.

LSC Gibson said the survey was a way to engage with the community at a time when physical interaction was reduced.

“Community engagement is one of our biggest challenges, made even more difficult with the current lockdown conditions,” LSC Gibson said.

“We encourage everyone to get online and complete the survey. It’s something we’ll use and we really appreciate it.”

With Stage Three restrictions now in place in Shepparton, LSC Gibson said police officers’ first interactions on the street with the public would become more difficult.

“The inevitable question of ‘What’s your reason for being out?’ is a necessary one, but it doesn’t come across as the friendliest way to say Hi,” he said.

To find the survey online, go to the Eyewatch – Greater Shepparton Police Service Area Facebook page.