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Media: Daily PostTopic: CBD summer safety campaign
just looking for a bit of confirmation, quite urgently on the city summer
December, Rotorua police and Rotorua Lakes Council jointly launched a central
city summer safety campaign after complaints from businesses and police survey
results showed many people felt unsafe in the inner city at night.
included police, security staff and the Safe City Guardians
increasing their presence in the inner city and patrolled the streets together
whenever possible between 8amand 4am and more frequent
monitoring of the council's CCTV footage from Thursdays to Sundays, with daily
briefings for staff.
I please have confirmation from the council as soon as possible
about when this summer safety campaign ended? Is it likely to be
just need to correct something in your initial enquiry – complaints from businesses
were not what prompted the joint police/RLC summer safety campaign for the CBD.
The initiative was largely prompted by the police perceptions of safety survey
– as was explained when the initiative was first announced in December (see HERE on Council’s website).
to recap: the initiative has involved increased CCTV monitoring and increased
presence in the CBD by Council’s Safe City Guardians, security staff and police
staff through regular joint patrols for extended hours. Daily joint briefings
which have been held since the initiative started in December have provided the
opportunity for the Guardians, security staff and police to share information
and discuss relevant matters.
The aim was to provide a safe and friendly inner city
environment for businesses, their staff and the public by deterring anti-social
and criminal behaviour and dealing promptly with any emerging issues or
the patrols began there has been a noticeable reduction in anti-social and
criminal behaviour in the CBD with very positive feedback from both members of
the public and businesses.
Operations Group Manager Henry Weston can confirm that
in light of the success of the initiative to date, joint patrols will continue
through the winter months although at a slightly reduced level, as appropriate
to what is required. Increased CCTV monitoring will continue, as will the daily