Community must be a part of change

PARENTS taking responsibility for their children is a vital part of reducing crime, said Dubbo Crime Manager Detective Inspector Rod Blackman, yesterday.

The Daily Liberal Community Crimewatch story on page four outlines the Crime Manager’s thoughts regarding violent and antisocial behaviour occurring across the city, but particularly in O’Donnell Street.

The Daily Liberal spoke to Detective Inspector Blackman about crime in O’Donnell Street, as well as other hot-spots in the city, which include Apollo Estate, the CBD and areas in South Dubbo.

Our Community Crime Watch series has recently focused on the troubled O’Donnell, Leavers and Alcheringa streets area, after a dozen or more residents of O’Donnell Street met with the Daily Liberal to express their concerns and personal stories.

The series has elicited a number of responses from angry Dubbo residents, with many demanding answers from Housing NSW and local authorities.

The first story in the series attracted about 60 responses, letting us know Dubbo residents have had enough.

Detective Inspector Blackman’s comments today should reassure residents their pleas for help are not going unheard.

Police are acting on and monitoring incidents by sharing information between commands, watching social media sites and through regular complaints lodged through the police station.

Detective Inspector Blackman said complaints lodged can be used to build a case against offenders.It can also be used in Housing NSW tribunal hearings where police were called on to give evidence.

His message, community input was important to help forge change in the city.

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