Neighbourhood Watch support earns Shire prestigious Gold Award

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has been recognised for fostering a safe and inclusive community with a prestigious Gold Participation Award...

21 February 2018
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The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has been recognised for fostering a safe and inclusive community with a prestigious Gold Participation Award (Local Government) from Neighbourhood Watch WA.

The award acknowledges the Shire’s support of the Serpentine Jarrahdale Neighbourhood Watch – a volunteer group whose members take an active role in crime prevention and community safety.

Run in conjunction with the Mundijong Police Station, the program provides residents with up-to-date crime prevention and safety advice while facilitating open lines of communication with local police. It receives administrative support from the Shire, who also coordinate various community crime prevention events.

Neighbourhood Watch members meet monthly with Shire staff and police, and are active at many local events. Last year, members hosted seven community barbecues, and were a visible presence at the Mundijong Police Open Day and various community fairs.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich joined Cr Jacqui See and Mundijong Police Station OIC Darryl Brandis to accept the award from Neighbourhood Watch Australiasia President Bernie Durkin and State Coordinator Jenny O’Brien last week.

Cr Rich said the Gold Participation Award – the highest such accolade bestowed to local government - recognised the Shire’s longstanding support of Serpentine Jarrahdale Neighbourhood Watch.

“The program really embodies the sense of community spirit we enjoy within the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and is a visible sign that our residents care about their neighbours and neighbourhoods,” Cr Rich said.

“Serpentine Jarrahdale Neighbourhood Watch is a collaborative approach to community safety involving residents, the Shire and local police. While crime prevention is obviously a focus, the program is about so much more. It offers a way for people to make a meaningful contribution to their community while also establishing friendships and building community spirit.

“It gives me great pleasure to accept this award and reaffirm our commitment to supporting Serpentine Jarrahdale Neighbourhood Watch into the future.”

As part of Serpentine Jarrahdale Neighbourhood Watch, the Shire and Mundijong Police distribute a monthly ewatch newsletter containing crime and community safety updates to more than 1400 subscribers.

Find out more information about the Serpentine Jarrahdale Neighbourhood Watch Program.

Photo Caption: L:R Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale President - Cr Michelle Rich, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Development Officer - Janice Ferguson, Bernie Durkin – Executive Manager Crime Prevention and Community Liaison, OIC Mundijong Police Station Senior Sergeant Daryl Brandis, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Councillor - Cr Jacqui See, Sergeant Andy Allison – WA Police