By Aneeka Simonis
POLICE are seeking to open up communication lines with the public amid increased safety fears being felt across the community.
Four community consultations will be held including at Pakenham, Kooweerup, Bunyip and Emerald in late November and December to allow police to meet with residents one-on-one to talk about their safety concerns or provide crime prevention advice.
Emerald Police Acting Senior Sergeant Ian Pregnell said: “It’ll be an opportunity to better inform residents about crime trends and strategies to prevent them.”
The upcoming session form part of the police’s broader efforts to improve public perceptions of safety in Pakenham and surrounding areas.
Police held a similar consults with residents in October, while Neighbourhood Watch Cardinia held a safety forum a month earlier.
Last week, local MPs including Shadow Minister for Crime Edward O’Donohue hosted another law and order forum in Pakenham.
Emerald – Puffing Billy Park
* Tuesday 29 November (10am-2pm)
Bunyip – TBA
* Thursday 1 December (10am-2pm)
Pakenham – Marketplace Shopping Centre
* Tuesday 6 December (10am-2pm)
Kooweerup – Woolworths carpark (Station Street)
* Thursday 8 December (10am-2pm)