Local Government plays a central role in the planning, design, management and delivery of crime prevention programs and policies in partnership with the local community and WA Police.

Many Local Governments have crime prevention and community safety plans, which guide local responses to reduce crime and other anti-social activity. In designing and planning these, Local Governments work with Police and other partners such as schools, housing authorities youth services to ensure community safety and wellbeing.  

Local Governments are also involved in graffiti removal, CCTV infrastructure investment and maintenance, and safety programs like Neighborhood Watch.

State CCTV Strategy and Memorandum of Understanding

The State CCTV Strategy provides a clear vision and framework for how CCTV in public areas can best be used and provides the mechanism by which CCTV owners can volunteer the Data from any public facing camera that they manage to one or more agreed Clients.

By coordinating the State’s CCTV resources through a voluntary framework, the State CCTV Strategy aims to make the data sharing process in WA as efficient as possible, both for CCTV owners who donate Data and Clients (such as WA Police and emergency services) who are authorised to access this Data.

As part of this coordinated approach, in 2015 WA Police prepared a draft State CCTV Strategy Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for stakeholder consideration. The MOU set out the data sharing arrangements between the owners of the CCTV cameras facing public areas. WA Police intended all participants, including the Local Government sector, to be signatories to the MOU.

After circulation for a period of four weeks for Local Government comment in October 2015, the MOU was endorsed at WALGA State Council in December 2015. WALGA CEO signed the MOU in January 2016.

In October 2018, the MOU was updated, and Schedule A lists the Emergency Services which are approved to access Local Government CCTV systems, as well as 24 Local Governments who have direct connection with the Strategy through the State CCTV Strategy Infrastructure Fund. All Local Governments remain participants in the MOU through WALGA signing the document in 2016.

A copy of the updated MOU is available here.

State Graffiti Vandalism Strategy 2019-2021

The State Graffiti Taskforce has developed a guiding document for the delivery of graffiti management across the state. The vision of the Strategy is to reduce graffiti vandalism to contribute to Western Australians feeling safe living in their communities. The vision will be achieved through the following three goals:

  1. promote partnerships
  2. reporting and removing graffiti vandalism, and
  3. prevention of and policing graffiti vandalism.

A copy of the State Graffiti Vandalism Strategy is available here.

Local Government Community Safety Network (LGCSN)

The purpose of the Local Government Community Safety Network (LGCSN) is to support and assist Local Governments, the WA Police and stakeholders to effectively support and work together to address safety and crime prevention issues in the community. WALGA is a representative on this group on behalf of Local Governments.

Local Government Community Safety Network - 2019 Conference

The Local Government Community Safety Network 2019 Conference was held on Wednesday, 4 September 2019.

The presentations from the Conference are available below: