About NHW Tasmania

Our Objectives

  • Minimise the incidence of preventable crime.
  • Deter criminal activity by increasing the probability of apprehension.
  • Reduce the fear of crime.
  • Increase the reporting of crime and suspicious behaviour.
  • Improve the degree of personal and household security through education.
  • Expand the program’s involvement in wider community safety and crime prevention initiatives.

Our Board

The Neighbourhood Watch Board provides policy direction for Neighbourhood Watch and its programs, and initiates community awareness campaigns to promote future development.

Neighbourhood Watch Board. Appointed 20 November 2021

peter edwards

Our President is Peter Edwards BM APM, a former Commander in the Tasmania Police Service.  He holds a Master’s degree in Public Sector Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Police Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management.  Peter is also a Director of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, the peak body for member Neighbourhood Watch groups in Australia and Neighbourhood Support in New Zealand.

sarah williams

Our Vice President and Public Officer is Sarah Williams. Sarah has considerable experience in the Tasmanian public sector, including strategic policy and planning, project management, communication, marketing and media. She holds Professional Honours in Public Sector Leadership and Management, a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism, Media and Communication). Sarah is currently a Project Manager with the Department of Education.

kate dobson

Our Secretary is Kate Dobson, a former school teacher who also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management. Kate has extensive experience in emergency management in Tasmania, working for the Tasmanian Government as a security and emergency management policy officer.

Christine Fraser

Our Treasurer is Christine Fraser who is a Certified Practising Accountant with a Bachelor of Business Studies degree in Accounting. Christine has previously worked as an Internal Auditor; an Assistant Accountant; and a Business Support Assistant. Since 2015 Christine was the Executive Officer for the Tasmania Police, Operations Support Command. Christine is now a Finance Officer with the Sorell Council.

kelsey timms

Director Kelsey Timms holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design (Architecture) from the University of Tasmania along with other qualifications in building and construction, leadership and management. Kelsey is a Chapter Councillor for the National Association for Women in Construction and is a volunteer with both Dress for Success and Loui’s Van.

Senior Constable Scott Hardman is the State Coordinator for Community Policing Services and the Tasmania Police Liaison to the Board of Neighbourhood Watch Tasmania. Scott joined Tasmania Police in 2016 after previously serving with both the NSW Police and the Australia Federal Police. Scott has 25 years of diverse operational experience, including police deployments to the Pacific, Africa and the Mediterranean.

Keeping residents informed
Providing information of the incidence of crime in their area on a regular basis through newsletters and advising how to effectively identify suspicious people and activity and report same.
Increasing awareness and knowledge
Informing residents of practical personal and household security enables them to best secure their homes and increase personal safety for themselves and their families.
Signposting areas
Displaying Neighbourhood Watch signs and material operates as a visible deterrent to criminal activity by identifying a particular area as having active Neighbourhood Watch participants.
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