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City Ambassadors take to the streets

Wednesday December 13 2017

Keep an eye out for our friendly City Ambassadors hitting the pavements around Palmerston North’s central business district this week.

Group photo shows five city ambassadors with police officers and the mayor in front of the war memorial.

Look out for our City Ambassadors in their distinctive green shirts.

City Ambassadors will provide information and directions to members of the public to ensure people enjoy a safe, vibrant and connected summer around our city centre.

Ambassadors can be recognised by their green uniform emblazoned with the slogan "Palmy is the Place to be".

Two ambassadors at a time will be rostered on to patrol the city centre six days a week. Ambassadors are trained in conflict resolution and will be an extra pair of eyes and ears on the ground.

The three-month trial will run through to the end of February and is modelled on successful safe city programmes in Hamilton, Hastings and Wellington.

The ambassador scheme was recommended by the Palmerston North Safety Advisory Board, which includes NZ Police, SafeCity Trust and a range of other agencies.

The Safety Advisory Board works with Council, the community and other agencies to set the strategic direction for initiatives to make our city safer.

“This initiative is about making the city more vibrant, liveable and connected by increasing visitor satisfaction, promoting the central business district, and assisting with community safety,” says Ian Littleworth, PNCC Libraries & Community Services Community Engagement Manager.

The trial will be assessed after three months to determine its future viability.