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A review of the Western Australian Community Safety and Crime Prevention Partnership Planning process: Final report

Jessica Anderson and Julia Tresidder

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 2008

Abstract

This report presents the second phase of an evaluation of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Planning process in Western Australia. Since 2005, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) has been evaluating the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Planning process, which has been overseen by the Western Australian Community Safety and Crime Prevention Council since 2007. The evaluation aims to make recommendations to improve delivery of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention (CSCP) Plans in Western Australia. This work is an extension of a previous collaboration between the AIC and the Western Australian Office of Crime Prevention (OCP). The AIC worked closely with the OCP to plan and implement the methodology used for this evaluation. In the first phase in 2005, an initial survey was designed to provide a baseline of local government authority expectations of their CSCP Plans. Consultations in local areas in regional and metropolitan Western Australia provided insight into issues faced by communities in planning for crime prevention. In the second phase in 2007, a further email survey was conducted and two interactive workshops held in metropolitan Perth and Geraldton. This was complemented by community case studies collected from a trial database interface. The OCP has achieved a high level of local government participation in its partnerships. Recommendations to enhance the success of the Western Australian CSCP Plan process include assessment of the OCP's current role (ongoing evaluation and funding for plan implementation), knowledge-sharing with key agencies nationally and internationally (facilitate interagency relationships), improved program monitoring of the OCP's role (implement a centralised database), enhance the OCP's capacity to respond to the needs of planners (recruit staff) and capacity building in communities around the key gaps in plan implementation (promote good practice, retain staff, provide training and provide social marketing).