Guardians’ watch has ended

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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.

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