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 Government's 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 Ricky Burges signed the MOU in January 2016.

In October 2018, the MOU was updated, and Schedule A now 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.

Off-road Vehicles

In response to Local Government concerns, WALGA developed a paper on the control of off-road vehicles (ORVs), including recommendations for State Government. The paper was prepared with input from key stakeholders, including Local and State Government, and user groups, and endorsed by WALGA State Council on 5 December 2018. The endorsed paper and recommendations will be used to advocate to the State Government to:
  • conduct a review of current legislation to align registration and licensing;
  • allocate funding for feasibility studies to identify suitable sites;
  • provide resources and practices that ensure ORV buyers are informed at the point of sale about ORV registration, regulation and restrictions applicable to ORV vehicle use;
  • develop educational resources and training suitable to the specific needs of ORV users, stakeholders and Local Governments;
  • consider and consult on the regulation of the vendor’s role in providing information to buyers regarding ORV registration, regulation and restrictions
  • provide materials to raise community awareness on the proper use of ORVs, ORV permitted and prohibited areas, and the consequences of non-compliance; and
  • allocate resources to address unlawful ORV use ‘hot spots’.
The paper can be viewed here .