The Central Taranaki Safe Community Trust (CTSCT) was established in 2009 following the success of the Home Safety Project which saw thousands of smoke alarms installed in Central Taranaki homes. The Central Taranaki Victim Support group then became the CTSCT and a memorandum of understanding was signed with partners to ensure there is a portal for Community and Home safety within our District. The Trust employs a Community Safety Officer to co-ordinate Neighbourhood Support and Community Patrols. The Community Safety Officer is housed at the Stratford Police Station.
Partners include ACC, Work and Income NZ, Taranaki Electricity Trust, NZ Police, NZ Fire Services, Housing New Zealand, Victim Support, Taranaki District Health Board and the Stratford District Council.
A very successful 2012 Home Safety Project which saw, in partnership with ACC and Work and Income, our ambassadors visiting 3,491 households visited in Central Taranaki and 649 safety aids given to homes to prevent falls at home.
The Community Patrollers are volunteers who every Friday and Saturday night are rostered on to assist Police in surveillance. The Trust owns a vehicle which patrollers use to cruise the ‘hot spots’ and notify Police in case of any situation they are in constant contact with Police at all time whilst two other patrollers are manning the CCTV cameras along Broadway. The patrollers are proving to be a huge asset to Police and are working well to reduce crime.
For more information on the Central Taranaki Safe Community Trust, Neighbourhood Support or Community Patrols contact Stratford Community Safety Officer Dalwyn Smart, 06 765 8863.