Community safety in Kapiti will get a boost with the police working closely with Neighbourhood Support and the Council to increase the effectiveness of Neighbourhood Support Groups.
Mayor K Gurunathan says he recently met Kelsey Scarr the Community Adviser of Neighbourhood Support NZ, and Cheryl Watson the National Support Manager of Community Patrols.
Key meeting held in Paraparaumu
The meeting at the Police Call Centre in Paraparaumu was attended by Kapi Mana Police Commander;p Inspector Tracey Thompson, Manager Community Services; and Mental Health Inspector Rob Sum.
Also attending were Coordinator Community Policing, Senior Sergeant Alasdair MacMillan, and Sergeant Channel Chapman.
Neighbourhood Support is a nationwide community-led movement that brings people and neighbourhoods together to create safe and resilient communities.
Community safety after the March 15 attack
The Mayor says that following the March 15 Christchurch terror attack there is an increased awareness of community safety.
‘Add to this the government’s repeated messaging on civil emergency resilience and preparedness, the potential role of NSGs in meeting these challenges is a no-brainer,’ he says.
And the Mayor says: ‘I’m aware that ASK, the Neighbourhood Support coordinator for the area of Kapiti south of Otaki, had recently withdrawn from its role citing funding problems.
All options open’
‘So the meeting at the Police Call Centre identified the need for a more dynamic approach. This includes a review to explore the best delivery model to develop and expand Kapiti’s share of NSGs. All options are open.
‘There are a number of delivery models including the use of an incorporated society like in Waitakere, the use of a multi-services umbrella organisation as in Masterton , or as in the case of Hastings where NSGs are coordinated by the local council.’