The Safety Advisory Board exists under legislation requiring the Ministry of Justice’s Crime Prevention Unit to put proactive crime prevention plans in place. The Safety Advisory Board isn’t a legal entity and reports annually to the Ministry of Justice and Council when required.
The Board is part-funded by the Ministry. The partnership agreement between Council and the Ministry provides for a part-time community safety coordinator to communicate with board members and network with the wider community.
The following people and agencies are involved with the Safe City Advisory Board:
- The mayor
- Iwi (Rangitāne)
- Council management representative
- Education sector
- Child Youth and Family
- Massey University community manager
- NZ Police (District commander)
- Safe City Trust representative
- Mid Central District Health Board
- Linton Army Camp
- Emergency services
- Ministry of Justice (advisory role)
- St John's
- Ministry of Social Development
- Fire Service
- Accident Compensation Corporation
- Housing New Zealand
The Board aims to assist Council, central government agencies and the community to set strategic direction around safety initiatives and:
- implement the Crime Prevention Plan
- ensure strategic planning takes a holistic approach
- set and oversee priorities, projects and activities
- monitor projects and activities by key performance indicators
- report to the Ministry on performance outcomes
- report to Council twice a year.
Membership of the Board is reviewed annually to ensure goals are achieved. The Board also provides professional and operational advice, facilitates partnerships, works on the Crime Prevention Plan, consults the community when needed, identifies crime issues and analyses trends.
Board membership is voluntary with the exception of the community safety coordinator. The Board provides strategic planning and networking that supports the Crime Prevention Plan. The Board usually meets monthly, and agendas, minutes and other materials are prepared by Council.