Wellington Police and Wellington City Council embark on project to strengthen Neighbourhood Support groups
New Zealand Police
Wellington Police District Community Engagement Manager Inspector Karen Smith says Police have funded a Neighbourhood Support/Community Coordinator position which was filled a few weeks ago by Li Lin Lim.
Her initial focus is to initiate and strengthen Neighbourhood Support groups within the Island Bay community. Currently she spends one day a week based at the Karori Community Policing Base, another day at the Council and a day based at the Newlands Community Centre.
Wellington City Council Manager City Communities Jennifer Rains says it’s important for communities to understand that Neighbourhood Support groups have a wide role in the community.
“These groups have the networks and ability to help build more effective and productive communities,” she says.
Inspector Smith says it's important to ensure that the community sees Neighbourhood Support groups as more than just a group to prevent themselves from being victims of crime.
“Neighbourhood Support is about knowing you have the support of your neighbours when there's a problem,” she says. “Emergency preparedness is also a vital component."
Inspector Smith says Li Lin's goal is to increase the number of Neighbourhood Support groups that are active within Wellington, facilitating the transfer of information between communities and Community Constables able to provide a resource.
Li Lin Lim can be contacted on email either at: