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Extended scheme to tackle anti-social behaviour

Auckland City Council
Media release

2 December 2009

Council extends scheme to tackle anti-social behaviour

Following the success of the CBD patrol initiative to decrease anti-social behaviour in the city centre, Auckland City Council is expanding the scheme over summer.

The Community Services Committee today decided to enhance the current programme by increasing the hours and numbers of officers on patrol and continuing the recent extension into Karangahape Road.

Councillor Paul Goldsmith, chairperson of the Community Services Committee, says: “Beefing up the hours of the programme and numbers of officers will enable us to provide a more comprehensive service and be more responsive to public concerns about anti-social behaviour.

“We are also working with business associations and mainstreets across the city to investigate allowing existing security staff to help enforce the Public Places bylaw, the key council tool in regulating anti-social behaviour.

“This tactic has recently been implemented in Otahuhu where the town centre manager and a security guard have successfully been warranted and are now able to enforce the bylaw.’

The CBD patrols programme provides a security patrol within the city centre at time when anti-social behaviour is particularly visible. Security officers undergo training to enforce the Public Places bylaw on behalf of the council, and share the information they collect with other organisations including the city’s missions.

The programme has been running since 2004 and is jointly funded by Auckland City Council and Heart of the City.

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It was initially boosted in July this year when the patrol hours were doubled and the service was extended to Karangahape Road in partnership with the K Road Business Association on a trial basis

Recent statistics show the council is addressing a real need by further extending the service.

Mr Goldsmith says the council is continuing to work closely with central, local and non-government agencies in Auckland to address and reduce anti-social behavioural issues in the central city.

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