Guardians’ watch has ended
Porirua Community Guardians are no more.
The Guardians were established in 2003 to patrol the streets of Porirua to make the CBD safer.
Porirua Community Guardians overseeing committee spokeswoman Tracy Johnson said the guardians had performed an important role and it was now time to pass on the baton.
The decision was confirmed at a steering group meeting last week and the volunteers were briefed on Thursday.
‘‘Our guardians have performed a valuable role in our community and we offer our thanks for the hard work they’ve put in,’’ Johnson said.
‘‘They have acted with integrity and professionalism as they worked to look after their community.’’
When the guardians wound up, there were 12 volunteers, of whom eight regularly did daily patrols. The guardians had a bigger presence earlier, but over the years the numbers and the hours volunteers were available reduced.
‘‘The guardians previously received funding from external grants, but that is no longer the case.
‘‘We encourage volunteers who wish to continue to play a role to consider volunteering with other community patrols in the city.’’
Monitoring of CCTV cameras will continue with those volunteers directly reporting to police.
Kapiti Mana Police community crime prevention team supervisor Sergeant Jonathan Westrupp said police and the community were grateful for the guardians’ work.
‘‘We have seen many kind people through the years who have put on that green coat, walked our streets and provided a friendly presence. It has been appreciated,’’ he said.
There will be a formal ceremony to thank the volunteers early in March.
The last head of the Porirua Community Guardians, Terry Ryan, photo graphed in 2012.