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Community gem: Crime fighter's departure 'a huge loss'

Bay of Plenty Times
13 July 2010

By Genevieve Helliwell

Tauranga resident Lynn Morrison believes crime cannot survive in a community that cares.

Mr Morrison, who has recently stood down as the Tauranga Western Bay Neighbourhood Support co-ordinator, has dedicated the past seven years to help keep the community safe.

He has worked as a volunteer to start neighbourhood support groups around the Bay of Plenty, from Katikati to Te Puke.

He said there is such a strong benefit in neighbourhood support but his time to stand down has come due to time constraints from other commitments.

Mr Morrison loved every part of his job but he said the best part was seeing people come together as a community.

"To see people come together who have never met their neighbours and work with them to prevent crime on their streets is really good.

"It is very important that neighbours look after themselves in a vigilant way.

"If they work together we can start to cut out crime," he said.

Neighbourhood Support works to inform communities on how to keep their streets safe and stop crime.

When people in the community were interested in starting a watch group, Mr Morrison was the man for the job.

"Neighbourhood Support is essentially about trying to get communities started into looking after themselves," he said.

The team, along with the local police community officers, gather residents together to teach them how to recognise suspicious behaviour and what to do next.

"It is very important that people know how to look after themselves.

"The most important part is getting them to keep in contact with the police."

Tauranga Community Policing Project leader Steve Campbell, who has worked with Mr Morrison for the past 2 1/2 years, said Mr Morrison was always willing to put the time and effort in where the community is involved.

"He is extremely dedicated to the community and his work.

"He has worked timelessly in a time of change after the company was restructured significantly.

"He was an instrumental part in the leaders organisation in that period.

"He has supported the organisation in such a massive way and it will be a huge loss not to have him around," Mr Campbell said.

Mr Morrison is still involved in the community in a big way volunteering his time with Four and Four Rescue, which mainly helps out at 4WD accidents.

It is a group run by police, Search and Rescue and the Bay of Plenty 4WD club.


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