I have concerns now that Victoria Police is no longer involved in Neighbourhood Watch Victoria Inc. especially since Neighbourhood Watch is using Social Media.
VicPol has standards and guidelines and community safety expertise and is accountable to those standards and guidelines.
What accountability to standards and guidelines do Neighbourhood Watch volunteers have?
(Psychology Today 3.9.11)
This is not Rule of Law!
you can live with protection that no-one can spread lies and rumours about you
Sunbury Neighbourhood Watch group turns to social media to combat crime
- Sunbury Leader
- February 10, 2015
Co-ordinator Ben Riley said the Neighbourhood Watch still had an important role despite the demise of dozens of groups over the last decade.
TELL US: Are you part of a Neighbourhood Watch team? Does your group use social media?
“With technology increasing so quickly, especially social media, the days of a once-a-month committee meeting in a hall is probably over,” he said.
“Our group will have an active Twitter and Facebook presence and here we will be updating the public on police investigations or where the public may be able to assist.
“Meetings can be run electronically and I’d really like to see enthusiastic people who want to get involved in the community get on board.”
Mr Riley, who has lived in Sunbury for four years, said he wanted to live in a community where people were interested in their neighbours and kept an eye out for their community.
“I just like the idea of assisting police, there are only so many coppers and there are a lot of eyes in the community,” he said.
Sergeant John Letchford said Sunbury police would benefit from the group.
“Sunbury is very close-knit and we have seen the assistance of the community help us on numerous occasions including drug investigations and armed robberies,” he said.
“Having a Neighbourhood Watch will give residents another valuable resource that assists police work and helps the community.”
Neighbourhood Watch Victoria chief executive Gill Metz said there were more than 7000 volunteers in neighbourhood watch programs across 38 municipalities.