Press Release | 8 May 2018
In a Victorian first, Malvern Police will deploy state of the art, trailer-mounted, closed circuit television (CCTV) in the ongoing effort to help keep the community safe.
The initiative has been made possible by a $99,950 grant to the City of Stonnington from the federal government’s Safer Communities Fund.
Welcoming the development, Stonnington Mayor Cr Steve Stefanopoulos said the camera trailer would complement Council’s existing fixed camera network.
“It will be deployed by Victoria Police for both active and passive monitoring,” Cr Stefanopoulos said.
“By its very nature, trailer-mounted CCTV is more flexible than the fixed operation (the trailer can be moved to where it is most needed at the time) and this greater mobility will lead to greater responsiveness.
“All this goes to the heart of what we, the government and the police are trying to do, namely to protect the community.”
The Mayor said Stonnington was ever vigilant in staying ahead of the game when it came to the safety and wellbeing of residents.
“Nothing is more important to us than the people we are here to serve.
“They need to be able to walk the streets and go about their business with confidence that they are being looked after,” Cr Stefanopoulos said.
The trailer-mounted camera was launched on 14 May at the Malvern Town Hall, with the Federal Member for Higgins, Ms Kelly O'Dwyer MP.
“This trailer-mounted camera will be an effective crime-fighting tool, as it can be used where it is most needed to help make our local community safer.”
“I thank Stonnington Council and Malvern Police for their work on this innovative community safety initiative,” Ms O'Dwyer said.