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Neighbourhood safety officers (NSO)<span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​What does an NSO do?​​​​​​​</h2></span><span> <blockquote cite=""><p>​ <em>​​​​"The community faces various socio-economic issues and this requires an approach that is sustainable, problem solving, and that attempts to go deeper than reactive policing. This kind of proactive neighbourhood policing is exactly the kind of contribution that a local authority is particularly suited to make and the City is proud of this project."</em><b>Alderman JP Smith</b><cite>Mayoral Committee Member: Safety and Security</cite></p></blockquote></span> <p>Our NSOs work with communities, businesses and schools in an area to tackle problems before they lead to crime and disorder. The NSO becomes the residents’ contact point to report criminal and domestic problems. The idea is that a neighbourhood protects itself from negative influences by working with the NSO to improve the community.</p> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Core NSO responsibilities​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p> <strong>A NSO has the following areas of responsibilities: </strong></p><ul><li>To “know and be known” in the neighbourhood he/she is assigned to.</li><li>To create, step by step, a network of individuals and organisations who have insight into the neighbourhood, and become their partners in improving safety and quality of life in the community.</li><li>To be there when he or she is needed.</li><li>To bring together and coordinate the people and/or organisations whose insights and knowledge will be help solve.</li><li>Particular social and crime problems.</li><li>Develop focused and appropriate “contracts” (ranging from informal understandings to signed documents) with partners.</li><li>Setting boundaries and noting consequences of actions.</li><li>Agreeing on responsibilities with the community.</li></ul> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Is there a NSO in my area?​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p> <strong>There are currently 16 NSOs in the following areas: </strong></p><ul><li>Nyanga</li><li>Ocean View</li><li>Hout Bay</li><li>Mitchells Plain</li><li>Crossroads</li><li>Bishop Lavis</li><li>Atlantis</li><li>Gordon’s Bay</li><li>Athlone</li><li>Harare</li><li>Hanover Park</li><li>Khayelitsha</li><li>Manenberg</li><li>Muizenberg</li><li>Woodstock</li><li>Bridgetown</li><li>Gatesville</li></ul><p>Please contact the <a href="">Metropolitan Police Services Department</a> for more information and advice about security in your neighbourhood.</p>GP0|#9271c42b-9f66-4c91-88bf-38f266d1a05e;L0|#09271c42b-9f66-4c91-88bf-38f266d1a05e|Neighbourhood safety officers;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#5304393b-2d4f-4ade-9667-f7f72a15928f;GPP|#36dcb5fe-6bfc-4ae9-92d7-8bd08d1f6414;GPP|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752An NSO is a specially trained Metro Police officer assigned to a neighbourhood





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