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Safety Advisory Board

Thursday February 2 2012

Goals and Aims

1. To assist PNCC and Central Government Agencies and the Community to set Strategic Direction:

  • Implementation of the Crime Prevention Plan (CPP).
  • Ensure strategic planning works on the principal of a holistic approach.
  • Select priorities, projects and activities and oversee their planning and implementation.
  • Monitoring of projects and activities by Key Performance Indicators (KPI's).
  • Report to MoJ on the Performance outcomes as contracted in the CPP on the 31st July annually.  Report to PNCC twice yearly.
  • Membership of the SAB will be reviewed annually to ensure that forward momentum is maintained and goals are achieved.  

2. Advice - provision of:

  • Professional and operational expertise.
  • Data analysis of information.
  • Provide information to community groups engaged in community development.
  • Problem solving.

3. Partnerships

  • Facilitate the development of partnerships with statutory and community agencies and groups.
  • Explore options for additional funding and resources.

4.   Crime prevention Plan

  • Identification and monitoring of crime issues and trends.
  • Alignment and monitoring of PNCC strategic policies, planning, operations and services.
  • Collaboration with central and local government and Community agencies and groups.
  • Consultation and participation with the Palmerston North community.
  • Development and implementation of effective strategies and interventions.
  • Four crime prevention project teams as stated in CPP:
  1. Domestic Violence;
  2. Burglary, including of or from vehicles,
  3. Reduction of Alcohol Harm,
  4. Youth offending or reoffending.
  • Holistic approach to community safety in all sectors of the Palmerston North Community. 

5. Functions and expectations of SAB

  • Joint Strategic Planning between NZ Police and the Local community as stated in the Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Information sharing, research and analysis between board members.
  • Community consultation.
  • Identifying crime issues, locations and affected communities.
  • Analysis of trends, anticipating potential and affected communities.
  • Networking, sharing business goals, priorities and activities from stakeholders.
  • Setting SAB priorities and goals of action.
  • Developing strategies and action plans.
  • Engaging with all the key Government and community agencies.
  • Accessing resources, including funding from outside organisations.
  • Monitoring and reporting of the performance of the CPP and the various activities.
  • Monitor and report on Social issues in Palmerston North to the annual Social Well Being Forum hosted by PNCC.


The Safety Advisory Board exists as required under Legislation requiring the Ministry of Justices Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) to implement pro-active crime prevention plans. The Safety Advisory Board is not a legal entity and must report annually on the 31st July to the Ministry of Justice as well as the Palmerston North City Council when required. The Ministry of Justice provides $65,000 incl G.S.T. annually.

The partnership agreement between the PNCC and the MoJ requires that PNCC set up a SAB to advise and make recommendations concerning community safety in line with the CPP. The MoJ will provide a representative from the CPU who acts in an advisory role on the Board.

The agreement provides for the position of a part time Safety Community Co-ordinator (SCC) whose function is to communicate with board members as well as network with the wider community of Palmerston North. The Position of SCC reports directly to the General Manager of Community and Commercial Services within PNCC.  Membership   

A critical element of the SAB is networking between agencies and community with a focus on crime prevention throughout Palmerston North.

The participation of key agencies is essential and in 2008 includes;

The Mayor   Iwi (Rangitāne) 
PNCC Management representative The education sector
Child Youth and Family Massey University Community Manager 
NZ Police (District commander) Safe City Trust representative
Community Safety Coordinator (PNCC)  Mid Central District Health Board
Linton Army Camp   Emergency services
The Ministry of Justice (CPU, advisory role)  St Johns
The Ministry of Social Development  Fire Service
Accident Compensation Corporation  Housing New Zealand

The key role of board members is to engage with their relevant sector. As strategies are developed by the board other 'community organisations' may be identified as key stakeholders such as the elderly, neighbourhood support, business associations and ethnic minorities and asked for their specialised input.  

Structures and Systems

The SAB does not exercise an executive or governance function and is not a legal entity. The membership is voluntary with the exception of the part time Community Safety Coordinator. The SAB will provide a mechanism for strategic planning and networking that supports the Crime Prevention Plan.

The Board meets monthly but has the option to meet bi-monthly or quarterly if desired. The PNCC will prepare agendas, minutes and other relevant material, as well as convene meetings through Community and Commercial Services Unit. The chair will be chosen by the Board, along with protocols and procedures. Funding Allocations and project Support.

The Safety Advisory Board (or nominated sub-committees) will oversee the allocation of funding and other resources to nominated projects. It is expected that the particular projects that receive funding will be specified in the Crime Prevention Plan, or will be aligned/consistent with the outputs mandated in the Plan. All successful funding applications will report back to the SAB on KPI outcomes.

Project- Mural on Massey Cycleway