Victoria Police in Mildura and surrounds are calling on residents to let them know how the community is feeling about safety in their area and at different times of the day.

To facilitate that, VicPol Mildura are gearing up for the upcoming Victoria Police Engage Victoria Survey, which will commence on July 8 and run until August 31. The message from Mildura VicPol is that “Your voice counts”.

Mildura Police Area Commander, Inspector Michelle Young, who is heading up the survey said she is looking forward to hearing from the community.

“I am extremely excited about being given the opportunity to listen to what our community actually wants and what they want to see from us as police,” she said.

“The region covered by the survey includes Mildura, Red Cliffs, Ouyen and Merbein and police will be out and about at local events and on foot patrol, encouraging our community to take the survey which will take less than 10 minutes to complete and to let us know how our members can help keep everyone feeling safe.
“At the end of the day, each of the police members who work within the Mildura Local Government Area and the out stations, they are also part of the community and so it’s about taking a role in how we see things and we all benefit.”

Surveys often confirm what is already known, but they also flag up and highlight issues that aren’t readily identified, and therefore Insp. Young hopes a different range of people will take part.

“That’s why I would strongly encourage different sectors of the community to take part,” she said.

“I want to hear from young people how they feel about safety and I want to hear from those more mature residents within our community how they feel and what they think. There are varying perceptions of safety for each individual and each demographic.”

Insp. Young said that it’s a unique opportunity for community voices to tell police what they see are areas of concern, whether that’s related to youth, drugs, mental health, right through to crime and road safety.

“It’s also about how the community feel about approaching their police and what they want to see more of from police,” she said.

“I’m really wanting to know from our community what we can do better and how police can increase our perceptions of ‘feeling and living safe’ in what we do.
“The fact is, we are all the one community and I, just as much as anyone else, want to know we are living safely.
“I have the advantage of contributing to that through my work, but I need to hear from others how to get better at it − for me − and our incredibly committed members.
“This is our opportunity and we want to make sure as many as we can encourage through different ways are contributing − all voices will be heard.”

Police will be holding events like ‘Coffee with a Cop’ throughout July in Mildura, Red Cliffs and Merbein.

The community is encouraged to come along and share a coffee and a chat with local police who will also be attending community events in these areas and in Ouyen.

Those wanting to contribute will be able to access the survey through use of a QR code which will be available at these events, through media, Eyewatch and if needed in hardcopy format.

Coffee with a Cop dates:
• July 9 – Centro 9am – midday
• July 16 – Centro 9am – midday
• July 18 – Merbein Market 9am – midday
• July 23 – Red Cliffs details to be advised.