POLICE are encouraging members of the community to get involved in "Project Eyewatch", an internet based program updating Neighbourhood Watch for the 21st century, designed to share information between police and the community.
The Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command has implemented the Eyewatch program which allows police and their communities to exchange information about crime via Facebook.
The Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command page can be found at www.facebook.com/CoffsClarenceLAC.
"The page currently has over 430 'Likes', however for it to be effective we need a much larger involvement," Senior Constable Dave Fish said.
"The more local residents and businesses who 'like', 'share' and interact with the page the more effective it will be.
"The page is a forum where the community and the police can exchange ideas and information to help prevent crime.
"It will also be used to disseminate current information or warnings in times of major accident, flood or other emergency situations."
The site is not for reporting crime or making complaints.
To report crime of an urgent or life threatening nature please contact police directly through Triple Zero (000) or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to provide anonymous information and the Police Assistance Line 131 444 to report non-urgent crime.
Within the page is the ability to form 'groups' which are only open to relevant stakeholders. These can be members of a Neighborhood Watch Group, a Liquor Accord, a School Principals group or any other group whose meetings and conversations between members are not for the public forum.
The pilot 'group' in the Coffs/Clarence LAC is the Clarence Valley Business Group. This 'group' is open to all members of the Clarence Valley business community and will be a forum to discuss crime prevention and other policing issues relative to the members.
To join the 'group' you just need 'like' the page or send an email to Senior Constable Fish at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, date of birth and business details.
In order to keep unsuitable persons from joining, a criminal history check will be conducted and you will be added to the 'group'.
Further 'groups' will be formed throughout the Local Area Command as required.