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Closer relationship between council and police

Closer relationship between council and police

The North Shore City Council and New Zealand Police are committed to working together more closely.

The council's strategy and finance committee yesterday (July 13) approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining how the relationship will work.

Committee chairperson, Tony Holman, says it is becoming more important for the council to work closely with other councils, government agencies and community groups.

"We want to get the best results for our community and working together with key organisations will help us to better meet its needs," he says.

The council also has a statutory obligation under the Local Government Act 2002 to work with other government agencies.

The MoU sets out the core principles of the council's and police's relationship and how they will communicate and co-operate with each other, one aspect of this will be regular meetings between the council and the North Shore Police. It also identifies some key projects that the two organisations will work together on now and in the future.

Key projects include:

* Albany centre urban design project;

* Glenfield/Harbour Ward youth crime project;

* Safer communities projects;

* Roading infrastructure developments including the Northern Busway project;

* Civil Defence;

* North Shore Policing Centre;

* Road safety projects; and

* Liquor licensing and related enforcement.

The MoU will be signed by the Mayor, George Wood; North Shore City chief executive, John Brockies; District Commander, Superintendent Roger Carson and Area Controller, Inspector Mike Hill later this month.

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