The eyewatch model
It is envisaged that the community have a wealth of knowledge about their own environment. The community are in the best position to consider law enforcement and local government strategies to reduce crime and the perception of crime. To assist in this process it is considered that Project eyewatch will operate around four (4) key strategies
We will focus on the people who need our help
With eyewatch, Local Police and Crime Management Units will develop a strong opportunity for community to participate in policing - Our greatest asset is community information, which can be acted upon by Police who are adaptive and responsive.
We will empower accountability
Local Police using eyewatch will engage their community to participate in the decision making about policing their communities. They will be facilitated by trained coordinator’s and be supported by Police and Local Government coordination to ensure all opportunities for improvement to safety in communities are recognised.
We will balance priorities
Recognising our community, seeking engagement in achievements and developing issues is the best way to gain support for setting priority. Our strategies and success developed by Local Community and Government Teams will be marketed through eyewatch and via media outlets.
We will develop community capacity and sustainability
Local Police will work with their community precincts and actively recruit key community members to develop or enhance their capability and be measured on outcomes, where the need for improvement was identified. If required a higher level coordination and support will be provided to them by Crime Prevention Partnerships, Regional Interagency Teams and support services.
Community engagement is already part of the way in which police "do the business". It is the involvement of the public both individually and through groups, committees and agencies in the decisions we make and the activities police undertake. eyewatch allows a greater flow of information via the social network phenomenon.