Eyewatch initiative

24 April 2013
Eyewatch initiative

Social media is revolutionising the way the public interacts with Victoria Police, with Police and Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells today announcing an expansion of the Eyewatch initiative.

Mr Wells said the program, which allows the public to access the latest information from police and upload information and images of crime via Facebook and mobile phone technology, would be rolled out across a further 11 Police Service Areas.

Mr Wells said police were using Eyewatch to let people know about crimes and post photos of missing or wanted people, while community members could ask their local police questions or share crime and safety information.

Around 8,000 people have already thrown their support behind the Eyewatch pilot since the initiative was launched in February last year.

The 8,000 'likes' on Eyewatch Facebook pages have connected people with their local police in Brimbank, Yarra Ranges, Geelong, Hobsons Bay and Darebin, as well as Transit police.

Under the expansion announced today, Eyewatch will be rolled out to Wyndham, Maribyrnong, Hume, Melbourne West, Stonnington, Casey, Frankston, La Trobe, Boroondara, Bendigo and Mildura.

As a partnership between Victoria Police and Neighbourhood Watch, funding for the expansion of Eyewatch has been provided through the internal police budget and a $5,000 contribution from Neighbourhood Watch Victoria.

The Victorian Coalition Government has provided $550,000 to Neighbourhood Watch to revitalise and strengthen the organisation's role in preventing crime.

The new Eyewatch sites went live on Wednesday 24 April 2013.

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