Why ‘SAVE Network’? – Dr Geoff Dean

From years of working in the public safety domain, I know there will never be enough police and security officers to cover where they may need to be, and when they may need to be there.    Citizens in their local community are the best placed to look out for the safety of others in their neighbourhood.

Hence, I created a community-based enterprise to assist ordinary citizens in safeguarding and protecting their own local community from extreme and criminal harm.  This enterprise is known by the acronym ‘SAVE’.  It stands for the Safety Alert Volunteer Enterprise.  The aim of this SAVE ‘network’ is to enhance public safety at the local community level by harnessing the latent goodwill in society to care about another’s wellbeing.

The SAVE network is also linked to a company I formed several years ago that focuses more broadly on Violence Prevention Consulting.  VP Consulting has developed a risk screening tool for the early detection of violent extremists known also by the acronym ‘SAVE’. Although in this use of the ‘SAVE’ acronym, it stands for the Structured Assessment of Violent Extremism (SAVE aas.)  This is a proprietary risk screening software platform that enhances the predictive risk assessment performance of police and security practitioners.

VP Consulting specialises in cutting-edge neurocognitive risk technologies to counter extremist threats and organised crime. Civil society in many Western countries confront almost daily extremism threats [1] and many evolving financial scams [2] by criminal groups, as well as  issues of personal safety [3].


The vision of SAVE is founded on the notion of ‘citizen volunteerism’ which is a well-established principle in the Australian community, as it is in many countries around the world.  For instance, many community-based organisations, supported by Government assistance, such as Crime Stoppers, Neighbourhood Watch, Surf Lifesavers, Lions Club and many others rely on volunteers donating their time, talents, and energy to provide various forms of much needed community service.


The mission of the Safety Alert Volunteer Enterprise (SAVE) network is to equip community members with established principles and protocols of safety alertness training to enhance their community vigilance and timely response in notifying relevant services and agencies of emerging and imminent safety threats within their local community at public places, spaces, and with planned public events.


Dr. Geoff Dean leads the team at Safety Alert Volunteer Enterprise (SAVE) network.  He is also the Managing Director of the company Violence Prevention Consulting as well as Adjunct Professor with Griffith University at the Griffith Criminology Institute and the Policy Innovation Hub in Brisbane, Australia.

His fields of professional expertise, teaching specialisation and research excellence are in countering violent extremism, entrepreneurial organised crime, knowledge-managed policing, criminal profiling, investigative psychology, crowd safety management, and community safety.

He has an established media profile and track record as an international peer reviewer and guest editor for several prestigious journals, publishes extensively, and consults globally with police and security organisations.

Our Team – Consists of volunteers who are providing their time and professional expertise to support the running of this community based SAVE Network

  • Dr Geoff Dean
    Dr Geoff Dean Chief Executive Officer - Adjunct Professor (International Policing, Security & Terrorism)
  • Graeme Pettet
    Graeme Pettet Chief Technology Officer - Computational Mathematics
  • Margo van Felius
    Margo van Felius Network Program Manager - PhD Candidate (Policing)
  • Jeremy Dean
    Jeremy Dean Head Of Operations
  • Zarina Vakhitova
    Zarina Vakhitova Global Research Manager - PhD Candidate (Criminology)
  • Peter Gibbons
    Peter Gibbons Senior Training Officer - Forensic Studies
  • Megan Daley
    Megan Daley Marketing Manager
  • Graham Easterby
    Graham Easterby Intelligence & Security



[1] Terrorism Plot (Melbourne_28 Nov 2017) 

Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan said it was the 14th (violent extremism) plot that has been disrupted in Australia since 2014.

School Shooting Plot (South Australia_29 Nov 2017)

Detective Superintendent Bray said. “It would be unbelievable to think that this sort of thing would happen in South Australia. I’m extremely grateful to the community in the Riverland for coming forward when they did. …there is no doubt in my mind that we’ve prevented a catastrophe.”

[2] Financial Scams (Australia, 16 May 2017) 

  • More than 200,000 Australians reported scams to authorities in 2016, a 47% increase on the previous year.
  • Releasing its annual Targeting Scams report this week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said its own Scamwatch group, along with the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) said the record level of report also led to losses totalling nearly $300 million.
  • Investment scams were responsible for the most losses, totalling $59 million, followed by dating and romance scams at $42 million lost.
  • Scamwatch said people aged over 55 accounted for 45% and social media played an increasing role in how scammers contact their victims, with around 30% of people caught up in romance scam victims (1352 people), targeted on social media, especially Facebook. The other common social media scam is “fake trader”.

[3] Personal Safety Survey [PSS] (ABS 8 Nov 2017) 

Key findings of the recently released PSS by Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) 2016) found:

Experience of Violence

  • Two in five people (39% or 7.2 million) aged 18 years and over experienced an incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 15, including 42% of men (3.8 million) and 37% of women (3.4 million).
  • Four in ten men (41% or 3.7 million) and three in ten women (31% or 2.9 million) experienced physical violence.
  • One in five women (18% or 1.7 million) and one in twenty men (4.7% or 428,800) experienced sexual violence.

Partner Violence

  • 17% of women (1.6 million) and 6% of men (747,600) had experienced violence by a partner since age of 15.

Partner Emotional Abuse

  • One in four women (23% or 2.2 million) and one in six men (16% or 1.4 million) experienced emotional abuse by a partner since age of 15.

Sexual Harassment

  • One in two women (53% or 5 million) and one in four men (25% or 2.2 million) had experienced sexual harassment during their lifetime.


  • One in ten people (12% or 2.2 million) aged 18 years and over experienced an episode of stalking since the age of 15.
  • One in six women (17% or 1.6 million) and one in fifteen men (7% or 587,000) experienced an episode of stalking since the age of 15.
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