Constable Sam Holland has been a Community Constable based in the local New Lynn community station for the last year and a half. His role is to be visible, accessible, and familiar to the community and to focus on problem-solving and crime prevention at a local level.
He is part of a local policing strategy that includes a three-person Community Policing Team – or in older language, a ‘beat team’ who do foot patrols in the New Lynn town centre. They also cover other local shopping centres such as Titirangi, Green Bay and Glen Eden.
For more intensive issues, the Area Prevention Unit (APU), based in Henderson, can intervene. This high visibility unit can work at a household level and be part of the solution where social issues are evident. The APU is a proactive policing unit who target problem hot spots crime and focus their work around prevention policing activity in West Auckland. The unit was re-established after a recess during the first Covid crisis.
Local people can also help with community safety. Māori and Pacific Wardens help with events and sports fixtures, as well as patrolling town centres.
Community Patrol New Zealand (CPNZ) is another volunteer group active in parts of the Whau. They are trained to be observers who conduct mobile patrols of known risk areas. They report any issues to the police for further action. More volunteers are needed to make these patrols more frequent and effective. To find out more, go to www.cpnz.org.nz