State Ridge Community unite against antisocial behavior
Communities in the State Ridge area of East Kolaridge, Honiara are uniting their efforts to fight against anti social behavior in their area for a safe and peaceful community.
The residents have come together in a series of meetings, and for the grouping, to ensure that the families within the small community enjoy peace and safe surroundings.
State Ridge covers residents along the public road between landmarks starting at the 01 Bus-Stop, and the Telekom tower on top of Naha Ridge. It also covers residences on both sides of the road starting from the junction at 02 Bus stop going down to Kukum. For now, the Chair of the group confirms that the boundary of their community policing efforts will stop at the houses around the Kings Taxi Base.
Chair Julian Houkura explains that the intention of the formation of the group is because State Ridge would like to have a safe, peaceful and enjoyable environment where their people and visitors could move around freely without disturbance.
“Our values are common decency and respect at all times for one another,” adds Houkura.
In addition his vice, Francis Elo said: “As a group we agreed that we should focus firstly on addressing antisocial and illegal behavior like kwaso production and consumption, selling and using of marijuana. We also agreed as a community that we don’t accept swearing, physical aggression, and loud noise whether it is caused by residents or visitors.”
Communities in the State Ridge also endorsed their rules as well their Vision, Mission, and Values on 11th July 2020.
A statement from the group states that the guidelines outline broadly, how its representatives or the executive committee will be chosen, how often it meets, and also how they would come up with activities for its residents of the community.
One of the mothers of the community, Lawrencia Terry who is also the group’s assistant secretary is every excited. She states that the activities would surely develop positive social engagement.
“We are looking forward to working to help our mothers, our young peopleband get more information on health topics. And next weekend we are having the police to come and talk for us,” she said.
The statement says some of the rules that the group endorsed includes the ban of kwaso (home-brew) and marijuana so as no disturbance in the community that is likely to cause fear and general nuisance.
Since that meeting, the RSIPF Community Policing department has already visited the community on 18 July which attracted a huge crowd.
Meanwhile the chairman, Houkoura said appeals to those outside of the community to cooperate by observing the community rules for the good of their children and their families.