Emails from Jack Clarke to Cr John Phillips and Victoria Police re Ballarat crime rate.On 22/05/2013, at 9:12 PM, "Jack Elliot Clarke" < <mail>> wrote:Dear Mr Philips, As a journalism student from Monash University I am currently investigating a rise in crime in Ballarat,particularly rape and assault. The police statistics I've been directed to show a 40% increase in rape aswell over 1200 reports of assault last year.I am trying to gain a better understanding of all aspects of the issue, and would be very interested tohear any insights you may have to offer as to why Ballarat in particular has such a large crime rate.If you have any spare time in your schedule for an interview, that would be great. However if you areunderstandably too busy over the next few weeks, a simple statement sent via email would be veryhelpful for my assignment.Specifically I want to know- Why do you think Ballarat has such a high rate of violent and sex-relatedcrime compared to southern/eastern Victorian cities, that have higher populations? Any views, explanations or opinions you can provide would be greatly appreciated!Regards,Jack ClarkeFrom:
Cr John Philips
<Date: 23 May 2013 12:12Subject: Re: Crime Rate of BallaratTo: Jack Elliot ClarkeHello Jack,These figures may reflect Ballarat being the fastest growing regional city in Victoria ( around 2000people annually) but also it captures much of regional areas as well, which can skew the figures somewhat.Currently very busy with both my own businesses and council' s budget and 4 year plan making itdifficult to catch up with you.I wish you well with your studies and all the best for the future.Regards,John PhilipsNorth Ward Councillor City of BallaratPh. 0417 388 706
Jack Elliot Clarke
Monday, 27 May 2013 11:55 AM
POLICE MEDIA UNIT-OIC
Ballarat Crime Rate
Dear Sir/Madam, As a freelance journalist writing for Monash University I am currently investigating a rise in crime inBallarat, particularly rape and assault.I am interested in why Ballarat in particular appears to have more reports of crimes against personsthan other, similarly populated areas. Is police recruitment an issue?