By Merril Bourne
Volunteers are needed to continue the great work Community Patrol NZ does in our community; therefore, we ask you to give serious thought to joining the wonderful volunteers, who work with police for the reduction and prevention of crime in the Green Bay and Blockhouse Bay areas.
The patrol was set up in 2007 after a number of smash and grab burglaries in the Blockhouse Bay mainstreet shopping area, and at that time it was the first patrol in the Auckland City Police District. Now the Auckland Police District including Counties Manukau and Waitematā, proudly has a total of 34 patrols.
The police value the work patrols do across the country, and statistics prove that any Community Patrol presence in the community helps to reduce crime.
Patrollers are vetted by police, trained within the patrol, and supplied with a uniform and ID card. Each person is only required to do one patrol per month, working with a fellow patroller for about three hours, around streets, shops, parks, schools, and beaches, in order to deter or report undesirable behaviour such as tagging, dumping and theft, to name a few.
More patrollers would mean more patrols which would benefit us all.
Interested? Contact email@example.com, or go to www.cpnz.org.nz for more information.