Wollongong residents have a chance this week to tell police what they think of their crime fighting and community safety initiatives.
The city’s top cops will face the public in an open and frank forum, the brainchild of Wollongong commander Superintendent Chris Craner.
“We hope that the community will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply meet the senior management team from the Wollongong Police District,” Supt Craner said.
“Wollongong residents and those working within the Wollongong area, will have an opportunity to interact with police and learn more about how local police are working to create a safer community,” he said.
It’s not about how many people turn up, it’s about what people have to say so we can get a better feel for the community and respond accordingly.
The forum follows on from events held in Helensburgh and Corrimal, where local community members were able to meet and discuss the issues impacting on their respective communities.
In Corrimal, issues discussed included hoon drivers in Balgownie, a huge spike in thefts from motor vehicles, why Corrimal police station wasn’t open 24 hours a day and why it’s dangerous for high-speed police pursuits of trail bike riders.
Supt Craner said it was a chance to build relationships at a time of no crisis, attempt to engage and "listen to the community so we can work together to prevent crime".
"It’s not about how many people turn up, it’s about what people have to say so we can get a better feel for the community and respond accordingly," he said.
"The better we prevent and disrupt crime together the less crime there will be.
“The other theme is we encourage you all to contact the police. Too often you don’t want to bother us and you sit up all night hoping a party will stop or a hoon will stop the burnouts. Call us straight away.
“It is an opportunity for police and community to come together and further develop strategies to prevent crime and increase community safety,” Supt Craner said.
The forum on Wednesday starts at 6pm at City Diggers, Church Street.