POLICE are expanding a new "web of protection" into Bendigo to get a new edge in the fight against crime.
Officers have just formed a new unit that will work directly with the public to shed light on the places people feel unsafe.
"This will be a process starting now and commencing into the new year," Acting Inspector Len Ladner said.
"We really want to make an effort to be visible and approachable to the community. There are a lot of concerns out there that we need to be aware of."
The Bendigo Tasking Unit could be sent on patrols of public places like Bendgo's city centre or on certain roads to help people feel safer, he said.
The four person team has been drawn from experienced uniform police and will be deployed wherever the community and police deem necessary, team head Joel Smith said.
"We are all members that are stationed at Bendigo, so we have a good understanding of the town, its issues and who's who," he said.
The unit may also conduct its own investigations, depending on the nature of the issues that are raised by the public, Sergeant Smith said.
"If it's something bigger or more protracted, it may be a matter for our crime investigation unit, but if we are down in the CBD and something gets reported to us then we will investigate," he said.
A similar model set up in the Macedon Ranges has seen extra patrols the area's towns and on the Calder Highway, the region's top officer Superintendent John Kearney said last October.
Sergeant Smith said his group will work closely with officers on the front line.
"Front line members will be dealing with those day to day things that come in, like Triple Zero calls and people coming to the watch house looking for assistance," he said.
"We can be more focused on ongoing issues."
What exactly those issues will be will be shaped by community consultations set to take place in the new year, Sergeant Smith said.
"Already, we have members who go to meetings with the local council and different community meetings where people are raising issues," he said.
"Where those issues are raised, there's that opportunity for us to be tasked to tackle them."