Community safety

What is community safety?

Community safety aims to "increase the ability of people to go about daily life with little fear for their own safety, or of others" (Penrith City Council)

Safer communities are ones where all individuals make daily economic and social choices without the fear of becoming a victim of crime or of feeling unsafe. Community safety tackles issues that are both real and perceived.

Given that both real and perceived fears can impact on the value of community life, community safety programs aim to provide individual communities with the ability to address their own safety concerns, using a number of innovative approaches.

Community safety is linked to a quality of life where the community live without fear or hindrance from crime.

Community safety meetings

PACC meetings

The Police and Aboriginal Consultative Committee (PACC) meet quarterly to address Aboriginal issues associated with community safety and crime. These meetings are not forums for broader community issues but are open to the Aboriginal community and are inclusive of gender and age. Light refreshments are provided for those who attend. For more information, please contact Inspector Stuart Campbell at Kempsey Police Station on 6561 6199

In 2020 the PACC meetings will be held at Kempsey Council Chambers from 10:00am to midday on:

  • Wednesday 6 May - cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Wednesday 22 July - postponed, new date to be announced
  • Wednesday 4 November

CSPC meetings

The Community Safety Precinct Committee (CSPC) meeting to be held on Tuesday the 12 May, 2020 has been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CSPC is aimed at reducing crime and fear of crime, and is the forum through which the NSW Police Force and Government agencies consult the community and other key stakeholders on crime prevention and community safety issues at a local level.

CSPC’s provide an opportunity for local Councils and community members to meet with Police Local Area Commanders and share their perspective on local crime and safety issues.

It provides the opportunity for community members and business owners to get involved in strategies designed to address local crime concerns.

It also provides an opportunity for Local Area Commanders to promote accurate local crime information and raise awareness of crime prevention approaches.