Civilian patrols needless, says Mayor Bob Manning
AN election promise to look at setting up civilian security patrols in Cairns' suburbs may not materialise because they have become unnecessary as other safety measures are boosted, Mayor Bob Manning says.
The Unity 2012 election team, led by Cr Manning, said it would investigate replicating a community safety initiative from New Zealand, where members of the public are trained by police to safely patrol their neighbourhoods.
But Cr Manning now believes increases in police numbers and other non-civilian law and order measures have negated the need for people to take safety into their own hands.
"What we've seen is a ramp-up of police, in the CBD in particular ... and that's the ideal situation," Cr Manning said.
"Over the last four or five months, from a safety and security point of view, we've seen a much better outcome in the city overall."
The council is also expanding its network of CCTV cameras.
The first of the five new wi-fi powered cameras will be stationed at Mooroobool, the council announced last week.
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