Community cop now in Grey Lynn Community Centre

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By JANIE SMITH – Auckland City Harbour News

29/04/2009

Photo: JASON OXENHAM

NEW DIGS: Grey Lynn community constable Natalie Lyons is now based at the Grey Lynn Community Centre.

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Grey Lynn residents wanting to have a chat with their community constable can find her in a more central spot.

Constable Natalie Lyons recently moved to an office at the Grey Lynn Community Centre on Richmond Rd to be more accessible to the public.

She was previously based in a shopping complex on Surrey Cres and says people found the office difficult to find.

“It makes sense for a community constable to be based in a community centre. This is really good, a lot of people come through the centre.”

Being on a main road the centre attracts a lot of foot traffic and people know where it is, says Ms Lyons.

Recent problems facing the area include a spate of burglaries and thefts from cars.

Ms Lyons says she is trying to get Neighbourhood Support groups set up to encourage people to look out for one other.

She has been the Grey Lynn community constable for three years and loves the job.

It allows her to do proactive work rather than reactive and she can get to know the community instead of just passing through.

Ms Lyons will be at the office until July when she will go on maternity leave and a replacement will be arranged.

The office is open from 9am to noon on weekdays except Wednesdays when it is open from 2pm.

Ms Lyons can be contacted on 360-0796.

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