The Pan Pacific Safe Community Network (PPSCN) has been established by representatives from four countries (New Zealand, United States of America, Australia and Canada) that have for the past 20 years or more been involved in the International Safe Communities Network (ISCN) as well as local Safe Community networks as Designated Safe Communities, Affiliate or Certifying Centres. Collectively there are around 122 designated (national/regional/international) Safe Communities in New Zealand, United States of America, Australia and Canada. There are also 40 additional communities in the pipeline at different stages of community and/or application development for designation as Safe Communities.
The PPSCN builds on the collective expertise of these communities and the International Support Centres that support their safe communities’ efforts. While the Pan Pacific Safe Community Network is being established by four countries, other countries that geographically border the Pacific Ocean and who are not already part of an existing Safe Community network are invited to join the network (e.g. Pacific Islands). The only requirement is that they must either have a minimum of one designated Safe Community and/or one community showing interest in Safe Community designation. Organizations and/or communities may at any time opt out. It is hoped that all associated organizations and communities will find value in being a member of the network; however, participation in the PPSCN is not mandatory.
Membership of the PPSCN is open to all designated Safe Communities, National Safe Community Accrediting Centres and International/Pan Pacific Safe Community Support Centres in Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America and Canada.
· Each of the following groups within the Pan Pacific region can nominate one (1) person to vote for them at General and Special Meetings. The nominated contact person must submit the form at Appendix 1 to be included in the register of members.
· Designated Safe Communities from Australia
· Designated Safe Communities from New Zealand
· Designated Safe Communities from United States of America
· Designated Safe Communities from Canada
· National Safe Community Accrediting Centre from Australia
· National Safe Community Accrediting Centre from New Zealand
· National Safe Community Accrediting Centre from United States of America
· National Safe Community Accrediting Centre from Canada
· International/Pan Pacific Safe Community Support Centre from Australia
· International/Pan Pacific Safe Community Support Centre from New Zealand
· International/Pan Pacific Safe Community Support Centre from United States of America
· International/Pan Pacific Safe Community Support Centre from Canada.
The business language for the PPSCN is English. The governance framework of the PPSCN incorporates the interface with members and stakeholders, the source of strategic decisions that shape the PPSCN and its work, and ultimate accountability for the work and actions of the organisation. The governance framework of the PPSCN is based on the following principles:
a. Participation: providing all members and stakeholders with a voice in decision-making
b. Transparency: built on the free flow of information and timely and balanced disclosure to members, stakeholders and the public
c. Responsiveness: of institutions and processes to members and stakeholders, recognising the legitimate interests of members and stakeholders
d. Consensus orientation: differing interests are mediated to reach a broad consensus on what is in the common interest, respecting the rights and interests of members, stakeholders and those involved in community safety programs
e. Equity: all members have opportunities for involvement in the governance of the PPSCN
f. Sharing: of resources, including costs for administration of the PPSCN
g. Effectiveness and efficiency: processes and institutions producing results that meet needs while making the best use of resources, and encourage performance improvement whilst recognising and managing risk
h. Accountability: of decision-makers to members and stakeholders; promoting ethical and responsible decision making; structuring the Board to lay solid foundations for management and oversight, to add value and to safeguard the reliability and integrity of financial reporting
i. Strategic vision: leaders and the members have a broad and long-term perspective on good governance and human development, along with a sense of what is needed for such development. There is also an understanding of the historical, cultural and social complexities in which that perspective is grounded.
The corporate governance framework of the PPSCN shall consist of the rules of the Association; the Board of Management; the Annual and Special General Meetings of the Association; and the Annual Reports of the Association.