Whittlesea police will hold a community safety forum next week to help address youth-related issues.

The forum will be part of the Community Safety Networks – a partnership between police, the state government, Crime Stoppers and Neighbourhood Watch – that aims for better connections between police and the community.

Mernda Senior Sergeant Peter Koger said the forum would help police increase their understanding of youth-related issues causing concern for residents.

He said information gathered at the forum would inform local policing priorities.

“We are always looking to increase our connections with the local community.” Senior Sergeant Koger said.

“It’s an opportunity for the community to have a say on the key issues within their area.

“We know that people have great insight into their local community and ideas about other ways to prevent crime.”

The forum will also feature a performance by the Thomastown West Primary School band, as well as an appearance by writer and comedian George McEncroe.

The Whittlesea community safety forum is one of six forums planned by police for this year, with another six scheduled to begin in July, 2018.

The Whittlesea forum will be on Tuesday, December 12, at Uni Hill Conference Centre, 30 Graduate Road, Bundoora, from 6-9pm.

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