Public safety at heart of meeting

Continued collaboration and the timely referral of at risk young people to support services were a couple of the matters discussed at the meeting held at the Port Lincoln Police Station earlier this week.

The meeting was attended by Mr Peter Treloar MP, police from the Eyre and Western Local Service Area, representatives from the Department for Child Protection, Department for Education, Housing SA and several support services and community organisations.

A police spokesperson said the meeting was well attended and highlighted the collective responsibility felt by all stakeholders to improve public safety and the outlook for at risk young people in Port Lincoln.

The spokesperson said it was emphasised that all members of the community had a right to feel safe while enjoying the city's public spaces.

"It was obvious there are many people and organisations in Port Lincoln who support local youth and work with them to achieve positive outcomes," Port Lincoln operations manager, Senior Sergeant First Class Peter Murray said.

"Young people in Port Lincoln should be encouraged to spend time outdoors and enjoy the excellent facilities provided in the town however; Police have no tolerance for anti-social or violent behaviour."

All of the organisations that attended the meeting are working together to prevent and reduce youth related crime but also to alleviate community fear.

Members of the public can expect to see an increased police presence, particularly around the Port Lincoln foreshore and central business district.

Members of the public are encouraged to report antisocial behaviour and offences immediately to police on 131 444.