Lower Hutt’s Mayor Ray Wallace was out and about on the weekend with Lower Hutt’s safe City Ambassadors.
The Mayor posted on his facebook page ” About to go out on patrol with Lower Hutt’s safe City Ambassadors. They do a fantastic job…Hill Street Blues TV show comes to mind, Be safe out there people ”
Hutt City Council’s Safe City Ambassadors team patrol streets from 2pm-1am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday right across the city and they also patrol the Saturday Riverbank Market. They are linked into the same radio frequency as the Community patrol volunteers out in the wider suburbs. They also work in collaboration with Police and the CCTV operators.
They have a joint role in looking out for people’s safety and reporting any criminal activity to Police and ultimately they make people feel more comfortable when they are out in the city.
Whether you’re trying to find the train station or you’re concerned about your safety, the friendly team of Safe City Ambassadors are easy to spot in their brightly coloured uniform and will help you or seek the help you need.
All of the SCA’s are trained through Recon Security as security officers and they also are trained in first aid. They have skills in conflict de-escalation which can help to calm down situations that arise until the police arrive.
Jimmy Ballantyne, Hutt City Council’s City Safety Manager says “It’s really important for people to know about the Safe City Ambassadors and their role in the city as they’re there to help.
“They play and important role in keeping our city safe. This is a nationwide initiative and one of many safety initiatives the Council supports. Others include CCTV, community patrol, graffiti eradication and neighbourhood support.