Wellington, July 6, 2017
New Zealand Police won the ‘Building Trust and Confidence in Government Category’ of the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards 2017.
New Zealand Police was recognised for its Community Safety Patrols which have helped build the trust and confidence of ethnic communities.
Auckland patrols have added an extra 500 hours of crime prevention patrols each month alongside Police.
The Awards judges said of this project, “The innovative approach of utilising ethnic community patrols builds up trust where it is needed. It’s a transformation in Police and its relations with difficult to influence communities.”
Community Patrols, made up of volunteer recent migrants, help communities feel safer, increase their confidence in reporting crime and their trust in Police. The Auckland patrol has 210 volunteers from 43 ethnicities, speaking 56 different languages, and the patrol programme has expanded to Wellington and Canterbury.
It has also contributed to greater ethnic diversity in Police. Over 85 patrollers are now Police officers, increasing Police’s ability to assist and build trust with ethnic communities.
Assistant Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha said that the contribution of Ethnic Safety Patrollers helps us the Police to achieve its mission of being the safest country. “We are also very proud to see so many patrollers join the Police as sworn officers. The contribution of each and every person involved in the initiative is greatly appreciated,” he said.
The annual Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding performances and achievements in the New Zealand public sector.
This year’s awards attracted 70 entries from a range of organisations across New Zealand.
The picture (supplied) here shows Deputy Police Commissioner (National Operations) Mike Clement and Assistant Police Commissioner (Maori) Wallace Haumaha with the Award