ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Police Minister Jeremy Hanson announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will commit $100,000 each year for community grants to combat crime. Mr Seselja said the grants will be given to community groups which support crime prevention.
“The Canberra Liberals have a longstanding commitment to supporting community crime prevention organisations,” Mr Seselja said.
“That’s why if elected, we’ll commit $100,000 in grants every year for community groups to support crime prevention.
“This initiative will assist services like Neighbourhood Watch, Victims of Crime Assistance League (VOCAL), Crime Stoppers and other community-based crime prevention groups,” Mr Seselja concluded.
Mr Hanson said neighbourhood cooperation and awareness is an important way of helping police in their work to maintain law and order in the community.
“A Canberra Liberals Government would do everything it can to help organisations which support crime prevention,” Mr Hanson said.
“Instead of helping crime prevention organisations grow, ACT Labor established ‘Suburban Policing Consultative Committees,’ in direct opposition to Neighbourhood Watch and similar organisations. These were a heavy-handed initiative by the Government, and local communities responded by not attending meetings, which were eventually discontinued.
“The Canberra Liberals understand the invaluable work of crime prevention organisations and want to help them flourish,” Mr Hanson concluded.