Crime Prevention and Community Safety

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 71–86

Partnerships and NSW local government Community Safety Officers

  • Patrick Shepherdson
  • Garner Clancey
  • Murray Lee
  • Thomas Crofts
Original Article

DOI: 10.1057/cpcs.2014.2

Cite this article as:
Shepherdson, P., Clancey, G., Lee, M. et al. Crime Prev Community Saf (2014) 16: 71. doi:10.1057/cpcs.2014.2

Abstract

Local government Community Safety Officers (CSOs) are now common in many jurisdictions. While their roles are diverse, most CSOs are actively engaged in various partnership approaches. This article discusses the nature and scope of inter-agency partnerships CSOs participate in or coordinate in the Australian jurisdiction of New South Wales (NSW). Through a focus group discussion with 13 CSOs (predominantly from councils in the Sydney Metropolitan Area), it was found that each CSO participates in a variety of inter-agency partnership groups, including those that focus on alcohol and licensing issues, drugs, domestic violence, homelessness and general community safety and crime prevention. Respondents suggested that only some of these committees are effective, raising questions about the ongoing need for and utility of the plethora of inter-agency crime prevention and community safety inter-agency structures operating in NSW.

Keywords

Community Safety Officerslocal governmentpartnershipsinter-agency

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Shepherdson
    • 1
  • Garner Clancey
    • 1
  • Murray Lee
    • 1
  • Thomas Crofts
    • 1
  1. 1.Law School Building (F10), Sydney Institute of Criminology, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus, The University of SydneySydneyAustralia